Case Study: NEK Pilot Project


Highfields Center for Composting (HCC) and the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District (NEKWMD) believe that the Northeast Kingdom Residential Food Scrap Drop-Off program was successful at its intended purpose to provide an easy, convenient method for recycling food scraps to residents of rural regions with low population density, without processing the material on their own property. It is therefore the recommendation of both partners that this pilot project be replicated in similar geographical areas as an effective strategy to collect and recycle food scraps.

As more education and outreach are provided to NEK schools, businesses and communities, word will spread about the residential drop-off locations and participant use is expected to increase.

Works Cited: United States Department of Agriculture. (2012, February 8). Northeast Kingdom REAP Zone. Retrieved from USDA Rural Development website:

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