This page contains general information regarding Vermont's Organics Landfill Disposal Ban and NEKWMD food scrap disposal services. Visit our Backyard Composting page for information and resources on composting food scraps at home.  
Food Scraps Drop-Off in the NEKWMD - It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! (and it’s FREE!)
Some of the benefits of keeping food scraps out of the trash include:
A 2018 study demonstrated that, in Vermont's landfill, roughly 25% of waste going to the landfill was food scraps and other organic materials. 
Before choosing how to manage food scraps, it's important to know your options! In the NEKWMD, residents have many to choose from. 

If you or a neighbor have chickens or pigs, your household food scraps won’t have to go far! Consider feeding your leftovers

to livestock.

Feeding Livestock
Backyard Composting

Backyard Composting is a great option for gardeners or anyone looking for a convenient, at-home method of managing food scraps.  

Compost Drop-Off

Collect food scraps at home and bring with you to your local recycling center for free disposal.

Curbside Food
Scrap Collection

Residents can contract with a local compost hauler for convenient, curb-side collection services. 

Before you begin collecting food waste, its important to know what is and is not accepted in your chosen compost program.
The information below pertains to the food scrap drop-off program offered in many NEKWMD towns. If you use a food scrap hauler, contact them for information about what is accepted.
Composting Food Scraps in the NEKWMD is easy and convenient. 
If it's food, you can compost it with us!

To easily collect food and plate scraps, use a countertop container with a lid (this can even be an old yogurt container).

Depending on how much food waste you generate, periodically add the material in the small countertop container to a larger bucket.

Having a water-tight lid and emptying compost weekly will decrease odor and insect issues!

For truly odorless food scrap storage, freeze your foodscraps! 

When the time comes to visit your local Recycling Center, don't forget to bring the food scraps too!

Be sure to transport food scraps in a bucket with a water-tight lid to ensure easy and convenient transport to the recycling center!