Food Scrap Collection

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COMPOSTING BASICS

What’s accepted in food scrap collection?

The following Transfer Stations are now accepting food scraps for a small charge or no charge at all:

  • Brandon
  • Castleton
  • Clarendon
  • Danby
  • Killington
  • Mt. Holly
  • Mt. Tabor
  • Pittsford
  • Poultney
  • Rutland City
  • Wallingford
  • Wells

 

CLARENDON, KILLINGTON, PITTSFORD, WALLINGFORD AND WELLS DO NOT ACCEPT PAPER PRODUCTS AS FOOD WASTE.  THEY ONLY ACCEPT FOOD SCRAPS AND BROWN PAPER TOWELS AND NAPKINS.

 

First time composter?  No worries, here’s what’s going on:

The Transfer Stations that are listed are accepting food scraps because of the third portion of Act 148 regarding the food scrap ban.  In July 2017, businesses who produce over 18 tons of food scraps a year and are within twenty (20) miles of a Transfer Station capable of accepting food scraps must divert their food scraps from their garbage.  Haulers do not have to pick up curbside food scraps until 2018 and residents do not have to divert food scraps from their garbage until 2020.

At the Rutland Transfer Station located on Gleason Road in Rutland, food waste drop off is measured in gallons.  It’s $0.40 cents per gallon of food waste.

What do I store my food scraps in?

At the RCSWD office we have 2 gallon and 1.5 gallon kitchen scrappers for sale.  2 gallon with filter- $13  1.5 gallon- $5

You can also go to Home Depot and purchase a 5 gallon bucket for roughly $2.  The lids are easy to get off as an adult and hard to get off as a child.

A paper bag is compostable so if you put a paper bag inside of a plastic bag and dumped everything but the plastic bag that would work as well.

Old sugar and coffee plastic containers

 

What is accepted as food scraps? 

* No paper products other than paper towels and napkins in the towns of Clarendon, Killington, Pittsford, Wallingford and Wells

COMPOST A-Z LIST

Fruit and Veg        Bread               Dairy Products           Coffee Filters            Oily Pizza Boxes

Rice                      Pasta                Salad Dressings         Tea Bags                   Eco Tainers

Meat and Fish       Bones               Sauces                       Cooking Oils and Fats (in reasonable amounts)

Shellfish               Egg Shells         Coffee Grounds         Brown Napkins and Paper Towels

Dryer lint              Cut Flowers      Hair and Fur               Wood Skewers         Uncoated paper plates and cups

 

What if it starts to smell?

The Transfer Station in Rutland is open Monday through Saturday 7-3, dispose of it there.

Check when your Transfer Station in town is open and bring it then.

Add some carbon like woodchips, sawdust, leaves, grass clippings and cardboard.

Try to keep your container in a cool place.