Main content

Food Scraps

Some types of this item are banned from disposal in the trash in Vermont. For more information, see below.

Disposal Options

Per Act 148, Vermont's Universal Recycling Law, all food scraps will be banned from the landfill beginning July 1, 2020. Food scraps are already banned from the landfill from food scrap generators of at least 18 tons per year (1/3 ton per week) that are within 20 miles of a certified facility that will accept the material. We encourage you to use the Food Recovery Hierarchy established by Act 148 to guide you to the best use of your food scraps. Food scraps can be composted at home, fed to chickens, or brought to most town drop-offs or the District Transfer Station. Check out these tips for collecting food scraps at home and our Frequently Asked Questions about food scrap collection.

Food scraps accepted at drop-offs & District Transfer Station: 

  • Fruit & vegetable scraps 
  • Coffee grounds & filters 
  • Tea bags (paper only) & loose tea
  • Meat, bones, shellfish & seafood
  • Bread & pasta, rice & grains
  • Cheese & dairy
  • Soups and sauces
  • Oils & fats
  • Eggs & egg shells

Not accepted:

  • Produce Stickers
  • Plastic products of any kind
  • Paper products (other than coffee filters, tea bags, & brown paper bags or newspaper as bin liners)
  • “Compostable” products such as plates and utensils (except certified BPI bag liners - MUST have this symbol!
  • Twist ties
  • Human or pet waste

Food scraps collected at town drop-offs and the District Transfer Station are composted at Vermont Natural Ag Products' composting facility in Middlebury. 

Cost

Check with your town drop-off or hauler for the cost for dropping off food scraps or getting them collected. The rates for food scraps at the District Transfer Station are listed below.

Food Waste

  • Residential only: No Charge
  • Business, containers up to 5-gal: $1.25 each
  • Business, 35-gallon container: $11 each
  • Business, 48-gallon container: $15 each 

Search

Search the A to Z Guide and find out what to do with hundreds of items.