Food Scrap Collection at Transfer Stations

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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


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 .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- $10  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 aswell

Old sugar and coffee plastic containers


What is accepted as food scraps?

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 carboard

Try to keep your container in a cool place