"Short of creating a new police department consisting of Oscar the Grouch and his friends, Vermont has done almost everything it can to eliminate food waste ending up in state landfills. A new law called the Food Waste Ban prohibits the disposal of compostable food waste like egg shells, coffee grounds, old bread, and fruit skins. While it's obviously difficult to enforce such a ban, Vermont is the first state to enact such a law, and state officials see it as an opportunity to spread awareness. They're hoping for voluntary compliance from Vermont's environmentally conscious citizens."

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