Waste Management Guide for Landlords

Download free signs, flyers and guides to make sure your tenants know what to do with their waste!


Food scraps can’t go in the trash in Vermont as of July 1, 2020 (Vermont Universal Recycling Law). Landlords and property managers play an important role in keeping Vermont a healthy, sustainable place, and the Vermont Rental Housing Code requires they provide arrangements for the removal and proper disposal of recycling, food scraps and landfill waste.

Your responsibility as a property manager

  • Provide and maintain bins for trash, recycling and food scraps
  • Assure arrangements are made for the removal of food scraps​. Here is guidance for landlords on how to manage food scraps.
  • Keep common areas clean and free of waste
  • Properly manage any additional waste outputs, such as fluorescent bulbs, batteries, paint, and cleaning chemicals

What do I do?

Click the symbols below for more information on how to properly manage each item:

Step 1: Set up your system

Tips for multi-unit properties (2+ units)

If you own and manage a multi-unit property, there are a variety of ways you can manage your residents’ waste.

  • In addition to hiring a food scrap hauler or using a food scrap drop-off site, you can establish a community composting system with your residents.
  • Have trash chutes? Use our signs to clearly label what goes (or doesn’t go) down the chutes.

Step 2: Inform your residents

Recycling & Composting Signs

Are your bins clearly labeled? Let your tenants know what goes where with these downloadable flyers:

Add Zero waste to your lease

Include lease language about recycling and composting requirements.

Compost hauler directory

View a full list of food scrap haulers in the area.

Managing waste during move-in and move-out

Moving creates a lot of waste. Here are some ways to responsibility dispose of items:

  • Distribute usable items among friends, family and neighbors via gifting, advertising on Front Porch Forum, or hosting yard sales and free piles.
  • Donate usable goods (e.g. furniture, kitchenware, clothing) to local secondhand shops and organizations in need.
  • Drop off hard-to-recycle items (e.g. bulbs, electronics, small appliances, tires, paint) at ……..
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste at a special collection event. Hazardous waste includes items with “Caution,” “Danger” and “Warning” labels. Dispose of prescription drugs at a local drop-off, special collection, or via mail.