“To waste is a verb, that becomes a noun (as in food waste). It is a choice made by people that disrespects a resource.” - Karl Hammer
At Vermont Compost Company, we consider food scraps to be a highly valuable resource that we rescue and respect. Since 1998, we have been diverting food scraps from the landfill to feed to our chickens and blend with other materials to make our compost and compost-based potting soils.
When food scraps arrive on our site they are blended with cow and equine manures, as well as other farm and forest resources. This blend of materials is then provided as forage for our flock of laying hens. As our chickens sort through the recovered food scraps and other ingredients, they help shape the beginning of our composting process. They further enhance the value of the rescued food resource with the manure they leave behind, and convert what they eat into delicious and nutritious eggs.
Vermont Compost Company is committed to keeping food scrap supplies free of plastic and other contaminants as we manage these materials in a manner that maximizes their value, returning nutrients and organic matter to regional agricultural lands, further enhancing soil health and productivity in a sustainable fashion.
Commercial, restaurant, and multi-family housing services:
We now offer food scrap collection and hauling for medium-large scale generators. Our smallest bin size is currently 32 gallons, and we require a minimum of two collections per month to ensure that the food still has value as feed to our chickens. Our services are competitively priced and tailored to your needs.
- Our service area is currently limited to Montpelier, though we are willing to work with large generators in surrounding areas on a case-by-case basis.
- Customers will have scheduled pickup day, either twice-weekly, weekly, or every other week. On your scheduled pickup day we collect the filled tote(s) and leave a clean tote in its place.
- Depending on the preference of the client, we leave totes that are less than half full, and only charge for the totes we collect.
- Totes are washed with a high-temperature pressure washing system that ensures clean totes that can safely be brought into commercial kitchens.
- We use 32-gallon Toter bins. Compared to the more typical 48-gallon size, we find that the smaller sized bin is easier and safer to handle, and can be integrated more effectively into kitchens and store rooms.
- Billing occurs at the end of the month, with a breakdown of the number of totes collected, tonnage diverted, and an option to pay electronically.
- Rates depend on specific location and volumes generated, but are agreed upon prior to commencement of service.
Residential Collection Services:
At this time we do not offer single family residential food scrap collection. However, we have been running a “Tote Host” pilot program that provides a 32-gallon tote to a host household, which can be used by neighbors. The service is currently limited to 12 locations throughout Montpelier neighborhoods, but will be expanding as we develop a subscription system for participants using the neighborhood totes.
For more information about our services and to set up an account, please contact our Compostables Collection Coordinator: