Food Scraps in with your trash are now a no go!

These guidelines can help you understand the new law.

Good afternoon Norwich and Upper Valley residents. I thought I would post a short story to help you understand the new food scrap law. Click on this website to get all the facts on the new Vermont law which went into effect on July 1, 2020.

I have copied some of this info to give you some ideas, however the website has it all and should be able to provide you with the correct information.

Compost logo and food scraps

State law bans food scraps from the trash starting July 1, 2020.

See our Food Scrap Ban Guidance with requirements for residents, businesses, and haulers.

Let's Scrap Food Waste

Food scraps are:

Food scraps
  • Parts of food items that are typically discarded rather than eaten: peels, rinds, cores, eggshells, seeds, pits, bones, coffee grounds (and filters), loose-leaf tea & paper tea bags, and fats/oils/grease.

  • Food that was not finished: "plate scraps" or leftovers that went bad. Any type of food can become scraps--bread, pasta, soup, veggies, fruit, sauces, meat, dairy, sweets, etc.

What will I have to do?

If it was once part of something alive, like a plant or animal, it does not belong in the landfill. Food scraps and yard debris (leaves, grass, brush clippings, etc.) will need to be managed separately from trash. 

The first step is to collect your food scraps in a container. There's no right way to do this. You can reuse a large yogurt tub or bucket, buy a food scrap container, or keep a plastic bag in the freezer--find a method that works for you based on how much food scraps you generate, how often you want to empty and wash your container, etc. You'll empty your container regularly into a backyard bin if you compost in your yard, your hauler will empty your food scrap tote or bucket if you subscribe to a pick-up, or you'll dump your scraps into a food scrap cart at a drop-off.

These containers can be found just to the left of the trash container at the Norwich transfer station.