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Food Donation Tax Incentives

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Tax Deductions for Food Donation

Now is a great time to donate food- not only so everyone can eat well for the holidays, but also to claim a tax deduction on your personal or business income tax from 2019! Any charitable contribution to eligible organizations (non-profits, churches, educational institutions and other charity organizations) can reward a tax deduction. Make sure to ask for receipts for the donations.

To avoid wasting food that could be donated, visit www.savethefood.com to find storage and purchasing advice.

For more information on food donation regulations and where to donate food locally, visit www.rcswd.com/food-donation-in-rutland-county/. To see the IRS information on tax deductions for charitable contributions, click the link. Contact the Rutland County Solid Waste District for technical assistance and facts about food donation and disposal: (802) 775-7209.

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Minutes- November 14, 2018

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Permit Renewal Time!

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Permit Renewal Time!

Residents, haulers, and businesses that use the Rutland Regional Transfer Station at 14 Gleason Road should purchase or renew permits for 2019 to save money on disposal costs, and to access additional services. For a current price list comparing rates with and without permits, visit the Gleason Road Transfer Station page.

Permit prices are annual as follows-

Residents (In-district): $10; (out-of-district): $40

Businesses (In-district): $20; (out-of-district): $60

You could save up to $35 per ton of trash and construction/demolition debris! That means the permit could pay for itself in one load.

How do I purchase/renew a 2019 permit?

There are three ways (cash or check only):

  1. Visit our office- 1 Smith Rd, Rutland, VT 05701; Mon - Fri: 7 AM - 4:30 PM
  2. During your week-day trip to the transfer station; at the Recycling Center, Scalehouse or Hazardous Waste Depot- 14 Gleason Road, Rutland, VT 05701; Mon - Fri: 7 AM - 3 PM
  3. By mail- Fill out the proper form- In-district; Out-of-district; mail it with a check to:

Rutland County Solid Waste District
2 Greens Hill Lane
Rutland, VT 05701

*Business checks can only be used to purchase business permits. Otherwise, personal checks should be used.*

Amended Minutes- Board of Supervisors

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Compost workshops & Bears (Oh my!)

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We had a blast at the Killington Farmers Market and Killington Compost Workshop a week ago! Twelve people attended the workshop, and half of them hadn’t tried composting in their backyard before. “Compost” Carl went over the basics of composting: why it’s important, and how it’s done; he also talked specifically about bear and animal issues with composting. There was a lot of question and answer discussion after the main points were made.

For more information and to set up a compost workshop in your town, contact Carl Diethelm- carld@rcswd.com

Practice Bear Aware Composting

If you live in rural Vermont (and some urban areas) you have probably taken down bird feeders from April to November to avoid it being knocked down by hungry bears. While bird feeders can be attractive, there are ways to compost food scraps without bringing in extra bears to your backyard. Figure out which method works best for you at different times of the year:

  1. Backyard compost pile- make sure to add 3 times as many browns (leaves, wood shavings, brown paper) as greens (food scraps) and always cover exposed greens with a few inches of brown material. Keep all contents in a sturdy container that has plenty of air holes, and turn frequently (at least weekly) to aerate the pile. There are some bear-resistant bins available, and many people have used the Green Cone Digester (subsidized to $120 by RCSWD) swithout bother from bears or other critters. The last tip is to keep the moisture level consistent around 50-60%– a squeeze test should produce some moisture, but no dripping.
  2. Bring food scraps to drop off location– all transfer stations accept food scraps for drop off, which are then composted or anaerobically digested. All you need is a bucket or bag to hold the food scraps, and you can avoid the hassle of doing it yourself! Put scraps in the fridge or freezer to keep smells down until your next disposal.
  3. Compost in your kitchen!– Worm composting can be done odorlessly and with cleanliness under a sink or in a closet. The worms and microbes eat food scraps quick enough that mold and odor are not produced. It can require some reading and practice to get the process down, so here are some further resources to check out:
    1. Worm composting overview by Elaine Nordmeyer, UVM Master Composter
    2. Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhoff
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