Depackager Stakeholder Group

ACT 170 passed by VT Legislature in 2022 required a collaborative stakeholder process to make recommendations on the proper management of packaged organic materials in Vermont. Information and documents used and prepared by the Depackager Stakeholder Group will be organized on this page. The final report to legislature is due on or before January 15, 2023. 

For more information or to participate, contact Ben Gauthier at or (802)522-5080.

Statutory Requirements:

The responsibilities of the Agency of Natural Resources and the Depackager Stakeholder Group Members can be reviewed in Section 25 of Act 170 (Act 170, Section 25 excerpt). 

Volunteer Stakeholders:

PArticipant (Per Act 170) Name & Affiliation
VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Steven Cash, VAAFM Inspection Program
A Food Waste Composter Dan Goossen, Green Mountain Compost
A Farm That Allows Animals to Forage Food Waste Tom Gilbert, Black Dirt Farm
A Company Operating a Depackaging Facility Michael Casella, Casella Waste Management Inc. 
The VT Retailers & Grocers Association Erin Sigrist, VRGA
A Company That Anaerobically Digests Food Waste Billy Connelly, Vanguard Renewables
A Food Product Manufacturing Company in VT Jenna Evans, Ben & Jerry's


  1. 7.20.2022 Draft General Stakeholder Process Framework and VT Open Meeting Law Obligations
  2. DEC Policy for Managing Food Residuals Including Packaged Food Residuals - January 2020


August 31, 2022 from 1-2:30pm at 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT - Catamount Room  - Draft Agenda


Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management and Prevention Division

Davis Building - 1st Floor
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-3704