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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

Vermont Legal/Regulatory Requirement

  • Every state has specific state-level legal and regulatory requirements regarding food waste and food donation. ReFED, a national food waste prevention nonprofit, created a searchable database of state-by-state food waste policies and regulations, in collaboration with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic. View the Vermont food waste policy page for specific, up-to-date information about Vermont’s food waste laws.
  • The Emerson Act
    • The Federal Emerson 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.
  • Helpful fact sheets on food donation from Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic


For more information regarding food waste estimates, source separation guidance, and how to start a food donation program, open CET’s Toolbox.


Contact CET to learn more about food recovery and waste diversion opportunities for your business, institution, customers, or association members: