Composting at Home

Proper purchasing and storage methods of food at home, and the donation of edible food to local food banks and shelters are key steps  in reducing food waste on a personal level, composting at home can also play an important role in keeping food out of our landfills. There are many different methods of composting at home, and what works best for you will depend on the amount and type of leftover food you have, the type of home you live in, and what you want to use your compost for!

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 the increased production of methane and toxic leachate. If all of the food scraps in Vermont were diverted from the landfill by composting, it would offset the same amount of carbon as not burning 12 million gallons of gasoline every year!

Home Composting Systems

There are many different types of home composting systems. These include:

  • Vermicomposting  
  • Compost bin systems 
  • Passive compost system (“Pile it and Forget it”) 

Practical Guides for Composting at Home 

  • Composting at Home in 6 Easy Steps
  • Building and Managing a Worm Bin
  • A Guide to Home Composting pamphlet [under edit?]
  • What to Compost – Fridge Magnet or Printable 
  • What to Compost – Compost Separation Poster
  • Composting Q & A [Word Doc] 
  • Extreme Home Composting Brochure

Pros and Cons of Composting at Home 

Resources and Information

Rules and Regulations for Composting at Home