Close The Loop


Close the Loop! Compost.

Highfields Center for Composting is your partner in community composting.Our mission is to close the loop on community-based, sustainable food and agricultural systems, thus addressing soil health, water quality, solid waste, farm viability, and climate change.We research, educate, and provide...

Zero Waste Event Guide

This guide will help the event planner design and implement a waste management program that encourages participants to make the correct decisions regarding recycling, composting, and trash disposal.

Tote Rejection Policy

Highfields has a written policy that outlines the criteria used for rejecting a tote with tainted food scraps.

Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting

Almost half the materials Americans discard—food scraps, yard trimmings, and soiled paper—are compostable. Municipal and county governments increasingly recognize the importance of composting. In fact, more than 250 communities have now instituted residential food scrap collection...

VIDEO: Compost Recipe Development

Making great compost is an art. Learning how to accurately develop your own compost recipe using Highfields' Recipe Calculator will provide you with an advanced tool in your production, research, or compost services. This video shows you how to create your own analytically based composting...

Video: Vermont Businesses Close the Loop

Whether you are a restaurant, a food processor, a hospital, a ski resort or a school, composting your food scraps is an easy and inexpensive way for your business or institution to go green! In this video, see what business owners and employees have to say about separating food scraps in their...

Source Separation Poster

Downloadable files that you can print, laminate, and post near your food scrap separation station.Questions? Send your questions to: 


Video story on Burlington Free Press website

“Closing the Loop Vermont style - Highfields Center for Composting in Hardwick just doesn't make compost, they build “Close the Loop” composting programs across Vermont, keeping food waste out of landfills and recycling it back to the soil.”

Highfields Receives Govenor's Award for Environmental Excellence

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, announced the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.Highfields Center for Composting is being recognized for leading statewide efforts in providing composting technical assistance to...

Press Release: Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week

Highfields Center for Composting Celebrates International Compost Awareness Week Offering Webinars, Workshops, Site Tours and More Vermont—Highfields Center for Composting is joining the U.S. Composting Council and other organizations across the country to promote the benefits of...


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