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Home Composting Workshops

Join ACSWMD for a free hour-long workshop this spring to learn how easy it is to turn your household food waste into rich compost for your yard and garden.

You paid for your banana peels, egg shells, and carrot tops, so don’t throw them away! By composting, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions, recycle nutrients locally, and create a resource for growing healthy soil and food in your community. Plus, it's a simple way to comply with Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, which bans food scraps from the landfill starting July 1, 2020.  

The workshop covers compost bin options, how to set up and manage a pile, the benefits and uses of compost, troubleshooting tips, and other options you have for keeping food scraps out of the trash. We'll also have compost bins and kitchen collectors for sale. 

The first 45 people to register and order a compost bin will receive a discount of $11, bringing the regular price of $45 down to $34. 

Want us at your workplace? ACSWMD provides free workshops to businesses and other organizations about composting and recycling. Also, check out our upcoming workshop for businesses about managing food scraps.

"Thank you so much for the workshop. My kids helped set up the bin and are super jazzed about composting now. Even my skeptical boyfriend has been on board especially with the reduced garbage cost (and smell) when we drop off our trash." -2019 Workshop Participant

Compost Workshops Schedule

Spring 2020
Date Time Location Town Space Available
Wednesday, April 22 10:00 a.m. Bixby Library Otter Creek Room Vergennes Yes
Thursday, April 30 2:00 p.m. Salisbury Public Library Salisbury Yes
Tuesday, May 5 6:00 p.m. Ilsley Public Library Community Meeting Room Middlebury Yes
Monday, May 11 6:30 p.m. Platt Memorial Library Shoreham Yes
Thursday, June 4 6:00 p.m. Lawrence Memorial Library Bristol Yes
Saturday, June 13 9:30 a.m. Bixby Library Otter Creek Room Vergennes Yes
Wednesday, June 24 6:30 p.m. East Monkton Church Monkton Yes
Saturday, June 27 9:30 a.m. Middlebury Regional EMS Middlebury Yes

Workshop Registration

Optional: Indicate above if you would like to pre-order a kitchen collector or compost bin to purchase at the workshop. Payment by cash or check made out to ACSWMD only.

Become a Compost Ambassador

Already composting and want to share the love? Sign up to be a Compost Ambassador! Through this new program, ACSWMD will equip you with resources and get your ideas about spreading enthusiasm for composting in the community. After an orientation meeting, there’s no time commitment required unless you want to be more involved. Contact Ollie Cultrara at ollie@ or (802) 388-2333 to get involved.

SoilSaver Compost Bin

SoilSaver compost bins are available for purchase from the District Transfer Station for $45. These sturdy bins are made of recycled plastic, have a locking lid, and are easy to assemble. Dimensions: 28 in. x 28 in. x 32 in.

Kitchen Collector

Kitchen Collectors are available for purchase from the District Transfer Station for $5. These small pails for collecting food scraps are dishwasher safe and have a wide opening to allow easy scraping of plates and cookware.