Guide to Home Composting

Why should I compost?

Food scraps make up one third of a typical household’s trash. When food scraps are sent to the landfill, they take up space in our limited landfills and contribute to increased production of methane and toxic leachate. If all the food scraps in Vermont were composted instead of being sent to the landfill, it would offset the same amount of carbon as not burning 12 million gallons of gasoline a year!  By composting organic waste, we close the loop on our food system. The valuable nutrients in our food scraps are used to regenerate soil and grow more food.