Residents can drop off food scraps at any transfer station in Vermont (there may be a charge). Some haulers will pick up food scraps from businesses, and even for residents. Contact any of these haulers to request their services.
What is accepted in curbside/drop-off composting?
- All food scraps- meat, bones and dairy don’t go in backyard composting
- Soiled and non recyclable paper- wet/dirty, cardboard/newspaper, greasy pizza boxes, wax paper
- Check with your hauler if they accept “compostable to-go containers”
What do I store my food scraps in?
-Reuse bins: yogurt and coffee tubs work well, but fill up quick; you can find 5-gal buckets at delis and other food service operations
-Purchase bins: We have countertop collectors and backyard compost bins at the RCSWD office: 1 Smith Rd, Rutland, VT 05701; Open Mon – Fri, 7 AM – 4:30 PM
What if it starts to smell?
- Keep your container in a cool place
- Add some dry carbon sources: sawdust, shredded newspaper or cardboard
- Line the container with newspaper or brown paper (this makes it easier to rinse out as well!)
- Check when your Transfer Station in town is open and bring it then
Stay tuned for a list of frequently asked questions.