Business Composting Program Information
Did you know you can reduce waste, help the environment, and possibly save money by diverting food scraps from your kitchen, store coolers, and customer plates? Our Business Organics Program provides you with everything you need to get started, from on-site training to free hauling for the first month and more.
Vermont's Act 148 also bans food scraps from the landfill entirely by 2020. Each year between now and then, food scrap generating businesses such as grocery stores, restaurants and cafeteria, are required to divert their food scraps out of the trash if there is a facility that can take them within 20 miles. Most businesses choose to do this by working with a compost hauler, although donating edible food to a food rescue program is preferred (and usually free), and working with a farmer to feed animals is also an option. Call us to find out if your business falls under the guidelines that require you to get started now.
Over 11,000 tons of food scraps have been diverted to local composting facilities through our Business & School Organics Programs! (since we started in 2004)
Sign up your business today. Call 802.229.9383 ext.102 or scroll down to fill out our contact form.
$16 per 48 gallon tote (each tote holds 200 pounds of food scraps)
$5.50 stop fee
How the Program Works
We offer all participating businesses the following:
CVSWMD picks up food scraps from participating businesses and hauls them to several composting facilities in the region. The food scraps get recycled into a valuable soil amendment. which helps build healthy soil for growing more food.
Why Divert Food Scraps?
Vermont passed the Universal Recycling Law in 2012. This law phases in a landfill ban on food scraps over a 6 year period. Starting with a landfill ban on food scraps for any business or institution that generates 104 tons of food scraps per year on July 1, 2014 and ending with a complete ban that includes residential food scraps. Read the Act 148 Timeline and Fact Sheet for details.
Many businesses find their waste costs drop when they keep food scraps out of their trash. Once you remove heavy food scraps from your waste stream, you won’t need trash picked up as often. Read the Economic Fact Sheet for more details.
Organic materials, such as food scraps and yard waste, comprise 20 - 40% of the waste Vermonters send to the landfill; up to 60% of restaurant waste is food scraps. Not only do these organic materials take up a lot of landfill space, they produce greenhouse gases as they decay. For more information, see our Environmental Fact Sheet.