Effective July 1, 2020, per Act 148, food scraps are banned from landfills. Additionally, the Selectboard recently chose to not include the collection of food scraps in the contract with Myers. This means that residents will need to either compost food scraps or bring them to one of the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) drop off centers.
What are food scraps?
Food scraps are parts of food that are typically discarded rather than eaten: peels, rinds, cores, eggshells, seeds, pits, bones, shells, coffee grounds and filters, loose-leaf tea, and fats/oils/grease. Food scraps is also food that was eaten but not finished: “plate scraps” or leftovers that went bad. Any type of food can become food scraps including bread, pasta, soup, vegetables, fruit, sauces, meat, fish, dairy, sweets, etc.
What should I do with meat and bones?
If you compost in your yard, the law allows you to put meat and bones in the trash so they don’t attract animals to your composting bin. If you chose to bring food scraps to a drop-off center, you can include meat and bones with the rest of your food scraps.
CSWD has an abundance of information on their website including answers to questions, ways to reduce waste and how to compost to name a few. Please go to https://cswd.net/scrapfoodwaste/ or call them at 872-8111 to get more information.