What we accept

Here at Green Mountain Compost, we make compost on a large scale. Unlike most backyard compost piles, our compost is carefully formulated using a wide variety of inputs and even our smallest piles are huge weighing in at hundreds of tons of mixed ingredients per pile! We actively aerate our piles and frequently monitor them to maintain the ideal amounts of oxygen and moisture for the microbial web that drives the composting process. By achieving ideal conditions, our pile temperatures get really hot really quickly – sometimes within hours.

The high temperatures of our compost process allow us to accept many items that simply don’t work in a backyard compost pile. While you might want to think twice before adding meat, bones, or other potentially tasty treats for four legged critters to your backyard compost pile, these ingredients work great for our composting process. Other materials such as dirt, sod, and metal don’t work so well and are not acceptable in our compost.

Please Contact Us if you are unsure whether your item is compostable.

We Accept

  • Food waste
    View Food Waste Drop-Off for details & specifications.
  • Leaves & plant material
    View Leaf Drop-Off for details & specifications.
  • Manure and wood chip/paper bedding from small livestock (chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.)
    Please contact us if you would like to drop off horse or cow manure.
  • Compostable products
    View our Compostable Products page for details on acceptable items. We accept compostable items that meet very specific standards; not all compostable products are created equally. 

We Do Not Accept

  • Wood or woody material
  • Petroleum-based plastic of any kind
  • Coated or waxed paper
  • Bio-plastic products that are labeled biodegradable, degradable, photo-degradable, oxo-degradable, etc. (We only accept products that have the “compostable” BPI logo or state “meets ASTM standards for compostability”)
  • Dirt/Fill/Stumps (Visit the CSWD A-Z list for disposal details for these items.)
  • Cat, dog, or human waste
  • Diapers, including diapers labeled “compostable”
  • Styrofoam
  • Metals, including foil wrapping and twist ties
  • Toxic materials such as paints, solvents, pesticides, or petroleum products. Learn how to properly dispose of hazardous waste.

Find disposal options for your non-compostable items: search the CSWD A-Z list.