The Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association (VNLA) presented Green Mountain Compost/Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) with the 2018 Environmental Awareness Award. Each year, the VNLA gives this award to an organization or individual that has implemented an “environmentally sound practice that contributes to the protection of our environment.”
During the awards ceremony on February 7th at the University of Vermont (UVM) Davis Center, VNLA President Ed Burke praised CSWD’s compost program for turning local food scraps and other organic materials into reusable, nutrient-rich compost.
“I am pleased to present this award to Green Mountain Compost for making it possible to recognize the importance of giving back to our environment and our community,” said Burke.
Twenty-five Years of Enriching Soils
Green Mountain Compost is a program of CSWD which purchased Intervale Compost Products in 2008 when regulatory changes threatened to close down the beloved operation that had thrived in Burlington’s Intervale since 1987.
As the local municipal District committed to reducing and managing Chittenden County’s solid waste in the most environmentally sound, efficient, effective and economical manner possible, CSWD refused to allow this important operation to close.
In 2011, CSWD staff moved the last load of compost from the Intervale to a brand new, state-of-the-art composting facility on Redmond Road in Williston. This helped ensure that valuable food scraps and yard debris would continue to be reinvested in local soils instead of wasted in the landfill.
In 2018, CSWD’s composting operation processed nearly 15,000 tons of food scraps, leaves, and yard debris from residents, schools, restaurants and others in Chittenden County. Out of the 15,000 tons, nearly 6,000 tons were food scraps, a 169% increase since the first year of operations on Redmond Road.
“Our community has really embraced the intent of Act 148, Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, by reducing wasted food, donating quality food to food shelves, feeding livestock, and of course composting,” said Michele Morris, Director of Outreach and Communications at CSWD. “Green Mountain Compost will continue to be a leader in those efforts beyond July 1, 2020 as the landfill ban on food scraps takes full effect.”