Table to Soil Town Composting Initiative

The Zilkha Center and the Willamstown COOL (CO2 Lowering) Committee have been working to align Williamstown’s food waste diversion efforts with the College’s. The “Table-to-Soil” program collects and composts food waste from local restaurants and food establishments. The initiative works with TAM Organics, who operates a commercial food and farm composting facility in Bennington, VT. They pick up right from your business, provide the containers and do all the work. TAM currently picks up food waste from Williams College and several Williamstown businesses.

Benefits of the program

  • Diverts tons of food waste from landfills and incinerators
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Produces compost for local farmers, gardeners and landscapers
  • Supports climate goals of Williamstown and local COOL (CO2 Lowering) Committee

What is compostable

All food products and other items listed in the composting guide are able to collected with the program. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • All commercial food scraps, including meats, bones, shells, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters
  • Soiled cardboard, pizza boxes, napkins and paper towels, all BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certified products

Participating businesses

As of November 2018, the following businesses and institutions are participating by either composting on the pre-consumer end (kitchen-side) or both pre and post-consumer ends:

  • Wild Oats
  • Spring Street Market & Café
  • The Log / Ramunto’s
  • Sweetbrook Rehab and Nursing Center
  • Buxton School
  • The Store at Five Corners
  • Pine Cobble School
  • The Smoothie Spot at Nature’s Closet

For questions about what you can compost and/or to get your business set up for composting, please contact TAM at