In the solid waste world, "diversion" means keeping materials out of the landfill. Act 148, Vermont's Universal Recycling Law, enacted a phased-in ban on the disposal of food scraps from the landfill. Act 148 also established the Food Recovery Hierarchy, which prioritizes food scrap diversion options based on the best use: reduce waste, donate edible food, feed animals, then compost and digest the rest.
Any person or entity that generates 18 tons/year (1/3 ton/week) of food waste must send the material to a certified facility within 20 miles. In Addison County, businesses and schools can have food scraps picked up by a licensed hauler or bring them to the District Transfer Station. All food scraps, regardless of amount, will be banned from the trash on July 1, 2020. ACSWMD helps Addison County schools, businesses, and organizations divert food scraps from the landfill by offering free consultation, technical support, and collection materials. Learn more about food scrap diversion resources for schools and businesses, call us at (802) 388-233, or email jessie@ for a consultation and more information about the resources we can provide. acswmd.org