Start Composting Now
Vermont state law bans food scraps from the trash starting July 1, 2020, but it’s not too soon to consider the changes we will need to make in our own households to comply. According to the Agency of Natural Resources’ Department of Environmental Conservation, food scraps are defined as those items that are typically discarded rather than eaten – if it was once part of something alive it does not belong in the landfill. Food scraps and yard debris will need to be managed separately from trash. Keeping these materials out of the landfill has a big impact, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving landfill space, feeding people and providing valuable nutrients that are good for the soil. Finished compost can be used in gardens, farms, and landscaping. Composting also puts your waste to work supporting green jobs. And garbage becomes cleaner and less smelly. It’s not difficult to do, and can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. There is a wealth of information on how to get started at vermont.gov; type in ‘compost’ on the home page where it asks, “I want to…” and it will provide you with a list of topics to consider.