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Waste Prevention Resources


Waste Prevention is a simple concept. If you create less waste, you consume fewer resources. Ultimately you will pay less to recycle or throw materials away.

The resources on this page may be useful in your journey to prevent waste.

Find additional information on the Waste Prevention topic pages:

Food & Organics


Product Stewardship & EPR

Waste Prevention Concepts






Contact your solid waste management entity for local ordinances and resources for waste prevention.

DEC Resources

Ready to turn your food scraps into compost instead of trash?  Learn more about home composting

Reduce waste during your DIY Construction projects, learn more on our Construction Waste pages

Learn more about reducing and proper handling of Household Hazardous Waste

Textile Recycling in Vermont: a webinar hosted by Vermont ANR and Northeast Recycling Council (NERC).
Download the full webinar, featuring speakers from non-profit organizations in Vermont collecting textiles. Featured non-profits include Goodwill of Northern New England, the RetroWorks Store operated by HOPE VT, Southeastern VT Community Action, and Planet Aid. View the agenda here.

Food Scrap Separation at Food Establishments (PDF)

VT Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation document that addresses frequently asked questions on food scrap separation at food establishments.

Environmental Assistance Office

Vermont's EAO office has many resources for small businesses and municipalities.

Vermont Resources



Call2Recycle, North America's first and largest battery stewardship program, collects and recycles rechargealble batteries and cellphones at no cost in the US and Canada.

Reuse Marketplace

The Reuse Marketplace is a free regional network to find, sell, trade, or give away reusable and surplus items that would otherwise be disposed as trash. The website is administered by Northeast Recycling Council (NERC).

Vermont Business Environmental Partnership

VBEP is a free, voluntary, environmental assistance and business recognition program offered by the DEC Environmental Assistance Office and the Vermont Small Business Development Center. The goals of the Partnership are to actively encourage improved environmental and economic performance and to promote public recognition of environmental excellence.

Vermont Buildings & General Services Surplus Property

The Surplus Property showroom in located in Waterbury. The warehouse is open for sales to the public. The Surplus Property program administrates the state auctions, held every spring.

School Property Exchange System (SPEX)

SPEX is an online network that helps school facilities administrators trade and donate surplus equipment, assets, and supplies.

Front Porch Forum

Front Porch Forum is a free community-building service that helps connect neighbors. Neighborhood forums are open only to people living in that neighborhood.

Craigslist - Vermont

Craigslist is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to items for sale and items wanted. Many free items are also listed.

Freecycle - Vermont

The Freecycle Network is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers and membership is free.

EPA's Reuse in New England Resource Guide

This EPA guide is intended to be used by businesses, institutions, and governments who deal with off-spec production or asset management, and others who are seeking or need to dispose of items that still may have "use". It contains listings for where to donate used goods or unwanted materials.


National Resources

Cradle to Cradle Certification

The Cradle to Cradle Certified (cm) Products Program rates products across five critical quality categories and recognizes achievement and a commitment to continual improvement with 5 award levels.  Products are rated across five categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness.

EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing guide

EPA's EPP website provides basic information, evaluation guides, purchasing tools, as well as specific information about federal practices and policies.

Product Stewardship Institute

PSI is a national, membership-based nonprofit committed to reducing the health, safety, and environmental impacts of consumer products across their lifecycles, with a strong focus on sustainable end-of-life management.

Responsible Purchasing Network

RPN is an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing. The website resources include Purchasing Guides and Cost and Benefit Calculators.


EPA's Waste Wise program helps organizations and business apply sustainable materials management practices to reduce waste.

Zero Waste International Alliance

ZWIA works towards a world without waste through public education and practical application of Zero Waste principles. ZWIA has been established to promote positive alternatives to landfill and incineration and to raise community awareness of the social and economic benefits to be gained when waste is regarded as a resource base upon which can be built both employment and business opportunity.


Below are a few additional resources to help households and businesses reduce their wastes.
· California Integrated Waste Management Board
· Center for a New American Dream
· Reducing Junk mail
· EPA’s Product Stewardship web page
· Product Stewardship Institute


Cradle to Cradle Certified is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.



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For more information, contact:

Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management & Prevention Division, Solid Waste Program
1 National Life Drive - Davis 1, Montpelier, VT  05620-3704

(802) 828-1138


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