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Vermont has well-established resources and information available through the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (VT ANR) and local solid waste management districts and alliances. The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) and VT ANR share information and best practices on wasted food prevention and diversion; CET presented at the 2016 Vermont Organics Recycling Summit and participated in the Vermont Act 148 Business Outreach Group to help the state make progress on achieving its ACT 148 goals.
Helpful Vermont Wasted Food Resources
- Resources created by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation:
- List and map of local waste management authorities
- Vermont Agency of Natural Resources list of waste management districts, alliances, and towns. Local authorities provide information to residents, businesses, and waste haulers about local disposal, recycling, and composting options.
- Food donation guidance for Vermont businesses and institutions
- Guidance from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and Vermont Department of Health’s guidelines on donating food from Vermont businesses or institutions.
- Helpful fact sheets on food donation from Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic
- Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act
- The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (Public Law 104-210) protects donors from liability when donating to nonprofit organizations and protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product, donated in good faith, later cause harm to the needy recipient.
Vermont Legal/Regulatory Requirement
- Act 148 states that as of July 1, 2014, mandatory composting or donation of food residuals is required for generators of more than 104 tons per year, if a composting facility is within 20 miles of the generator. By July 1, 2020, the landfill ban for food residuals will be in effect for all businesses and residents and the 20-mile limit will no longer apply.