Whatever your skill level in the kitchen, some amount of food waste is inevitable. Make sure you have a plan to keep those food scraps out of the trash—either composting at home, feeding to backyard chickens, bringing it to the food scrap bins at local transfer stations or drop-offs or using curbside pickup from a local food scrap hauler.
First, pick a container to collect your food scraps.
This can be as simple as a large bowl or yogurt container kept on your counter, or a purchased compost bin with a lid kept under your sink.
You have many options as to what to do with the scraps.
» COMPOST AT HOME
Composting at home can be easy. Just follow these 3 steps.
» BRING TO A TRANSFER STATION OR DROP-OFF LOCATION
Vermont transfer stations, bag drops, and compost facilities accept food scraps for composting.
» CURBSIDE PICKUP
Ask your hauler if they pick up food scraps for composting or call one of the haulers on our statewide list of food scrap haulers (PDF).
» FEED TO ANIMALS
Some folks save their scraps to feed the chickens.
To find more solid waste information specific to your town, visit 802recycles.com.
Tips for Composting Food Scraps in Bear Country