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.
As of July 1, 2017, food scrap generators of 18 tons/year (1/3 ton/week) must divert material to any certified facility within 20 miles. All food scraps, regardless of amount, will be banned from the landfill on July 2, 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