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Recycling food waste now accepted at Rutland County transfer stations

By Julia Gosselin

The third portion of Act 148 regarding the ban of food scraps from the landfill is coming into effect July 2020. As of July 2017, transfer stations must accept food scraps at no charge or for a small fee. The following Rutland County transfer stations are accepting food scraps:

  • Brandon: Tuesday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Castleton: Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Clarendon: Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Danby: Friday, Saturday, and Monday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Killington: Saturday and Monday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Mt. Holly: Wednesday 4-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Mt. Tabor: Tuesday 3-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Pittsford: Wednesday 4-6:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
  • Poultney: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Rutland City: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Wallingford: Monday and Wednesday 12-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wells: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The transfer stations have a toter full of sawdust or a bin full of wood chips. After you dump your food waste put a layer of sawdust or chips on top. This helps prevent the smell and attractiveness to animals and flies, officials explain.

Food waste items that are accepted are as follows: fruits, veggies, bread, rice, pasta, meat and fish, bones, shellfish, eggshells, dairy products (no liquids), salad dressing, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, cooking fats and oils, non-soiled brown paper towels and napkins, oily pizza boxes, newspaper, paper bags, dryer lint, cut flowers, hair and fur, ecotainer® cups, toothpicks and wood skewers.

For more information or to ask questions call the Rutland County Solid Waste District office at 802-775-7209 or emails deanew@rcswd.com.

Julia  Gosselin is an intern at the Rutland County Solid Waste District.

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