Curbside Food Waste Recycling

The town of Brattleboro, Vermont is set to begin a compost curbside collection test pilot that will accept everything from left-over food scraps to kitty litter. Approximately one hundred and fifty volunteer residents have agreed to participate in the test run that will last between three and four months.

The test run began in early August and with the goal of identifying strengths and weaknesses in residential pickup of organic waste. The collected organic waste material is being transported to a new Solid Waste Management composting facility in Windham.

The new program is in direct response to the new billed signed into law in June, by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin banning organic materials from state landfills. By 2014, all Vermont businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, hospitals, and major food producers will be required to recycle and compost. A date of July 1, 2020, has been set for all residents to recycle and compost.

The test program may be extended into the winter months to determine how the colder temperatures and snow impacts the organic waste.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Whether you’re a business-owner or a resident, a large population of your waste material is food waste. When you invest time to improve your waste recycling of organic material, you reduce your costs for waste disposal.