How much does Farm Powered organics recycling cost?
Vanguard will meet with you at your location to determine your needs and provide a free, no-obligation estimate. Our service is extremely competitive. What’s more, by removing food scraps—the wettest and heaviest portion of your waste stream—you can save on your trash bill by reducing the number of weekly pickups and, in some cases, downsizing to a smaller container
What do you use for containers?
We offer many options depending on your needs. During our initial meeting, we will discuss this to provide the best solution. Our preferred method of collection is a compactor, but we are flexible and use dumpsters and totes as well.
How do you collect the food?
We partner with local haulers and can work with your existing hauler if you have one. We also have a small fleet of our own tankers that may be used.
What can I put in the compactors/totes?
Most everything you’d put in a backyard compost pile—vegetable and fruit trimmings, eggshells, breads and grains, meat and fish scraps, dairy products, and paper towels.
Will it stink? What about animals?
We customize our collection schedule to pre-empt unwanted nuisances, like odor and animals. Compactors are self-contained and sealed. We regularly check service and make sure the seals are intact. Liners help keep odors to a minimum by preventing residue build-up inside the totes.
Do you wash the totes/containers?
Each time we empty a tote/container, we wipe it down before inserting a new liner. In extreme summer heat, we will make special arrangements to wash your totes or assist your staff in doing so.
What do you do with the food scraps when they get to Vanguard Facilities?
All the food scraps processed at the Vanguard Renewables anaerobic digestion facility and at other partner facilities are converted to renewable energy, animal bedding, or soil amendment products.
What about food waste that has expired in its packaging? Do I have to separate it?
We accept damaged or expired packaged foods, including items in metal cans, plastic jugs, and cardboard boxes. These materials require a higher charge due to the additional disposal costs at the site. Please note: We do not accept packaging with a low volume of waste or anything packaged in glass.
How do you get the food out of the packaging?
The packaged food is loaded into the depackaging machine, which uses a series of paddles and screens to separate the food from the packaging.
My current trash bill is a flat fee no matter how much I throw away. What do I do?
If your current hauler is not willing to adjust the service for you to encourage recycling, we can provide the names of other haulers who would be happy to work with you.
Can you help us verify our organics recycling sustainability efforts?
Vanguard will assist any participant in quantifying their GHG and carbon footprint reduction on a monthly and annual basis.
Do you have any marketing materials, such as window stickers or table tents, if I want to publicize our efforts?
Yes. We offer the opportunity to use our Farm Powered™ brand on your packaging and can make suggestions regarding high visibility ways to use your commitment to sustainability to enhance customer and team loyalty. We also have window stickers, posters, and other branded items available to you and we are happy to share them!
Do you do any staff training? How about signage that clearly states guidelines?
We offer staff trainings upon request and provide signage that clearly states what organics we can and cannot accept.