US Waste Management

Mandatory Composting in Vermont USA

If you don't have that compost bucket in your kitchen yet, you better get one by this summer.

That’s because, as of July 1, 2020, the last phase of Act 148 will become law, which bans the last sector of food scraps from landfills — the ones from your kitchen’s garbage pail — in favor of mandatory composting.

Vermont passed the law in 2012 and has been phasing in various parts ever since, the last of which passed into law on July 1, 2017 and required transfer stations and waste haulers to accept food scraps separate from trash.

It also required places likes restaurants or other businesses that produced at least 18 tons per year (1/3 ton/week) to separate out their food waste to be composted at any certified facility within 20 miles.

But on July 1, everyone in Vermont will be required to save their food scraps for composting.

Why all the fuss?

The short answer: Vermont is running out of space to throw its trash in existing landfills, and making more of them will be expensive.

Food waste in landfills rots, and that creates a lot of methane, a greenhouse gas 84 times more powerful than CO2 over a 20-year period, according to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Act 148 has been phasing in various requirements since July 2014, starting with recycling drop-offs at all transfer stations in the state and mandatory composting of food scraps for businesses or organizations which create at least 104 tons a year (or two tons a week.)

In July 2015, recyclables were officially banned from landfills in the state.

In 2016, leaf and yard waste were banned, which is why transfer stations now offer drop offs for such material.



Published on

Happy New Year! Better get that compost bucket by summer or break law in Vermont.




%d bloggers like this: