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Case Study: NEK Pilot Project

The Northeast Kingdom Residential Food Scrap Drop-Off pilot was a collaborative effort between Highfields Center for Composting (HCC) and the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District (NEKWMD). The purpose of this pilot project was to provide residents within the NEKWMD an easy, convenient method...

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...

Composting for Kids

Highfields Center for Composting presents an animated teaching guide for starting a compost program in your school. In this brief video, students will learn about compost, the importance of closing the loop on their food system and how to separate food scraps effectively.

Composting in Your Community

Highfields Center for Composting has partnered with your community to introduce Close the Loop! Vermont, a community composting program that saves valuable resources by composting food scraps and turning them into nutritious soil for farmers, gardeners, and the community. Residents in your region...

SCHOOL TOOL: Composting Options

This document will provide you with the big picture considerations associated with operating different kinds of composting systems at your school. There are four types of composting systems compared here:On-site bin systemOn-­site forced air system (similar to a bin system but with included...

SCHOOL TOOL: Planning & Implementing a Program for Success

This document is part of the (On-Site School Composting Toolkit)Composting programs at schools are an opportunity to empower an ethic of environmental stewardship and participatory ecology in young minds and for students to build investment in their future. Students, staff, and volunteers find...

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Elementary School Training: Maia's View

See also - Elementary School Training: Karen's ViewLast week we trained 300 students and teachers at Johnson Elementary School which is expected to divert around 5-6 tons of food scraps per year!If a 5 year old can do it, you can too.”We trained classroom by classroom and even the preschoolers...

Elementary School Training: Karen's View

See also - Elementary School Training: Maia's ViewAs General Manager, I don’t often get the opportunity to put my boots on the ground…or should I say, boots on the banana peel?  I did get that chance to help our Americorps member, Maia, to work with students, teachers and...

Got Food Scraps? Join the Rutland loop!

Like our other Close the Loop! regional programs, the Rutland loop demonstrates how private companies, public utilities, and non-profit organizations can work together to change the status quo of wasting food scraps by throwing them away. The program offers food scrap collection and recycling for...

BioCycle Conference 2013

James McSweeney and Noah Fishman, staff at Highfields Center for Composting, presented at REFOR13*, BioCycle Magazine’s 13th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling, held in Columbus, OH, on October 20-23, 2013.James presented at a session titled, “Science, Biology...

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