Recycling, Compost and Waste | Office of Sustainability | The University of Vermont(title)

UVM has been recycling for nearly 40 years and in 2022 was listed as one of Post-Landfill Action Network’s Top Ten Zero Waste Campuses. The total amount of waste generated on campus has steadily declined through three decades of campus-wide efforts to recycle, compost and promote zero waste principles. 

Results and highlights

It's in Vermont's DNA. 

Reducing food waste and composting scraps helps cut greenhouse gas emissions and minimizes dependence on landfills in Vermont. Starting July 2020, state law bans food scraps from the trash. 

UVM supports this work daily in our dining halls, and also by offering community programs like the Master Composter Course 

a compost bag

Academic connection

While Vermonters support banning food waste from landfills – and a whopping 72 percent already compost or feed food scraps to their pets or livestock – few say they are willing to pay for curbside composting pick-up, a new University of Vermont research shows.

Banning Food Waste: Lessons for Rural America