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Vermont Organics Recycling Summit

The Annual Vermont Organics Recycling Summit (VORS) is a joint project of the Composting Association of Vermont and the Agency of Natural Resources,  Department of Environmental Conservation.

8th Annual
Vermont Organics Recycling Summit

Pay Dirt: Organics Diversion Goes Mainstream

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Vermont Technical College
Randolph Center, VT

see the presentations


Hosted by Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and
Composting Association of Vermont

Pay Dirt: Organics Diversion Goes Mainstream

The Summit is a one day event that includes workshops, vendors, exhibitors, and networking opportunities with organics diversion experts and regulators. It is Vermont’s premier statewide annual event to learn about current issues, technologies and practices related to organics repurposing and recycling.
This year’s summit will include a two-part workshop on Community Composting. This decentralized approach to managing organics is gaining popularity across the country and already has broad support here in Vermont.

At the Summit you can learn the basics to set up and operate a Community Composting program or choose from other concurrent workshops morning and afternoon.


We are pleased to have Brenda Platt, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance as our keynote speaker. For 25 years Brenda has promoted waste reduction, recycling and composting, particularly recycling-based jobs. She is the author of several groundbreaking reports including Stop Trashing the Climate, and the May 2013 released Pay Dirt detailing the economic and environmental benefits from producing and using compost.

If you are a compost facility manager, researcher, engineer, contractor, landscaper, community leader, regulator, recycling or solid waste professional, policy maker, community volunteer, or educator with an interest in organics diversion, water quality, and soil health issues, please join us for a day of
networking and learning on April 3rd at Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, Vermont.


VORS  offers education, discussion forums, networking and vendor outreach to help communities manage organic residuals* as a resource. The Summit brings together technical experts, regulators, community leaders and the general public interested in organics recycling issues - - from strategies for diverting these materials from landfills to improving soil fertility and watershed health by increasing the capture and reuse of nutrients in organic materials.

*Organic residuals, sometimes called ‘organics’ or ‘organic materials,’ refers to carbon-based materials –  horticulture/garden waste, food waste, manures,  paper products, etc.

See presentations from past Summits:

VORS 2013 Presentations and Notes

VORS 2011 Presentations and Notes

VORS 2010 Presentations and Notes

VORS 2009 Presentations and Notes

2014 agenda

2013 agenda

2012 agenda

2011 agenda

2010 brochure

2009 brochure

2008 brochure

2007 brochure


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