Reducing Food Waste

Americans waste more food than any other nation, with estimates of from 40 to 50% of food that is produced being sent to landfills. Therefore, the fertilizers, pesticides, water and fuel used to produce this food are also wasted. Most food is wasted by consumers, but businesses, especially restaurants and food retailers are also to blame. Passed in 2014, the Universal Recycling Law established the goal to reduce this food waste in Vermont by 50% by 2030 through encouraging food waste reduction, making food available for people, feeding animals, composting, anaerobic digestion and, processing for energy recovery.

Donating Food

There are many food pantries serving the thirteen towns in the Alliance service area. This list provides addresses and phone numbers. Donations of food to such pantries has increased since the Universal Recycling Law was passed. Consider donations of food. Call first to find out what the individual pantries need and can accept.


Backyard composting can be a great way to dispose of food you would otherwise put in the trash. This guide provides information on how to compost and directs you to ways to avoid problems with bears or other wildlife.

Leaf and Yard Waste

Leaf and yard waste can be used in composting, and this guide provides methods to better use leaves, branches and clean wood. Leaf and yard debris is collected at all transfer stations.