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March 26, 2018

The Vermont Organics Recycling Summit, April 5, 2018: Closing the Gap to 2020

Next time you toss that banana peel in the trash, you may want to consider composting it instead. Each year, Vermonters throw away almost 100,000 tons of organics, like food scraps and yard debris, all of which could be composted or managed in better ways. This waste adds up, filling landfills and contributing to massive greenhouse gas emissions.

This spring, great minds will gather on April 5, 2018 at the 12th annual Vermont Organics Recycling Summit (VORS) at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont.

"The summit aims to help Vermonters and regional partners meet the State's organics diversion, food rescue, and food scrap recycling goals," said Natasha Duarte, the Director of the Composting Association of Vermont. "Sessions will highlight business success stories, the use of compost in stormwater management projects, the latest research, and community outreach models. We're especially excited to hear Nora Goldstein, the Editor of BioCycle Magazine, give this year's keynote presentation."

The summit, put on by the Composting Association of Vermont (CAV) and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, gathers leaders and learners from across the state to discuss creative ways to keep organics out of the trash and to transform organics into valuable products.

"When communities keep organics out of the trash, they support green businesses and jobs, reduce the need for landfills, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and produce compost, which has restorative soil properties," said Josh Kelly, the Materials Management Section Chief in the Agency of Natural Resources. "Efforts to keep food out of the garbage can also put more food on the tables of families in need. For example, many grocery stores now partner with the Vermont Foodbank to send edible food to people, instead of throwing it away."

Motivated by these benefits and the Universal Recycling law, which bans food scraps from the landfill in 2020, Vermonters are making a difference as they reduce food waste, partner with food shelves and businesses, and use compost to build healthier soils and more resilient communities.

Learn more about VORS or register online at or contact Natasha Duarte at or 802-373-6499.

Media Contacts: Natasha Duarte, Composting Association of Vermont, 802-373-6499,, Organization website:, Event website:; Emma Stuhl, Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, 802-622-4325,, Organization website:

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: March 26, 2018 14:01:47