Recycle Your Food Waste - Vermont

As of July 1, 2020, Vermont State law bans disposal of food waste in the trash or landfills. 


Food scraps
Backyard Compost
Commercial Food Scraps

As a leading partner in waste and recycling in the State of Vermont, we have designed this page to help you navigate the new food scraps guidelines set to be enacted on July 1, 2020 as part of the State's Universal Recycling Law (Act 148). Please call 800-CASELLA to inquire about service in your area.

    Did you know that according to a recent University of Vermont study, 72 percent of Vermonters are already composting at home or using their food waste as animal feed? 


    Comprehensive Food Waste Website    Tips to Reduce Food Waste    Printable Reference Sheet


    As a residential customer, the most environmentally and economically sustainable way to recycle your food waste is by utilizing a backyard compost bin. Bins can be purchased at your local hardware store, major home improvement stores, online, or in many cases through your solid waste district. And, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation, Vermont state law allows residents who compost at home to dispose of meat and bones in their household trash even after July 1, 2020.

    Learn more about at-home composting:   University of Vermont's Master Composter Course    Composting Association of Vermont 

    Find your solid waste district:   Vermont Solid Waste Districts

    If you prefer to bring your food scraps to a drop-off location, you can find one here:   Food Scrap Drop-off Locations

    Please call 800-CASELLA to inquire about service in your area.

    Commercial food waste collection

    Please call 800-CASELLA to inquire about service in your area.

    A short video describing Casella's variety of solutions for food waste, why it's important to solve our nation's food waste problem, and tips on what does and does not belong in your food waste bin.