Upper Valley Composting Options for Residences and Businesses

Vermont’s new composting law became effective on July 1, 2020, mandating that everyone keep food scraps out of the trash and manage their compost wisely. Sustainable Woodstock has researched composting in the Upper Valley, where farms and businesses offer the following options for food scraps and composting. Please check provider websites for collection details, location and hours, keeping in mind that most services require a fee. (Our sincere thanks for suggestions shared by Cat Buxton, founder and director of Grow More, Waste Less; and Ham Gillett, Program/Outreach Coordinator, Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District and Outreach Coordinator, South Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District.)

  • offers options for either weekly drop-off or residential curbside pickup in Hartland, Norwich, Woodstock and Hartford (Quechee, West Hartford. White River Junction and Wilder), as well as in New Hampshire (Etna, Hanover, Lebanon and West Lebanon). Drop-off customers can swap their 5-gallon food scrap buckets once per week, during normal business hours at the Hanover, Lebanon and White River Junction CO-OP food store locations.
  • Willow Tree Community Compost offers compost drop-off service, as well as weekly and bi-weekly compost pickup for the Vermont towns of Hartford Village, White River Junction and Wilder.
  • Grow Compost of Vermont has a local site off Route 5 in Hartland. They offer food scrap collection for schools, businesses, restaurants and for special events. Grow Compost’s website says that its service area includes all of Vermont and the Upper Connecticut River Valley Area (including parts of New Hampshire).
  • The Sandberg Farm in East Corinth, Vermont runs a compost pickup service for restaurants and schools. They also sell eggs and finished compost.
  • Cat Buxton ( has worked with the towns of Strafford, Thetford and West Fairlee, and Willow Tree and Sunrise Farm to help close the loop locally by connecting those scraps with local farms or composters. She has worked with the Food Cycle Coalition’s On-Farm Compost Project (with Farm to Plate) to help close the loop in Vermont by connecting existing or new small compost sites that can remain under the ANR regulatory threshold for solid waste management. Watch Cat’s YouTube webinar on Backyard Composting 101:
  • Town Transfer Stations in Vermont are now required to have compost barrels to collect residents’ food scraps, including meat and bones. Some charge a fee. The Hartford Transfer Station accepts food scraps from users with a facility permit (windshield sticker) or a day pass. The Lebanon, NH Landfill’s “Got Food Scraps” Program composts on site to produce the daily landfill cover they need, accepting residential food scraps as well as scraps from the college and hospital cafeterias.
  • A.B.L.E. Waste offers drop off of residential organic waste at their Saturday morning “Fast Trash” locations at the Bridgewater Town Garage (8am-12noon) and on Route 12 across from Hartland Fire Station (8am-11am). They also offer commercial pickup.
  • Casella Waste Systems offers curbside food scrap pickup to its residential clients through partnerships with other compost haulers.
  • Music Mountain Compost services the greater Rutland, VT Area along with Central and Southern Vermont. They offer bi-weekly compost pickup for $20.00 a month.

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