Welcome to BioBag’s Community Heroes series! Each month, we will highlight community heroes that are making a difference in their communities and working to make their local environments cleaner and healthier.

This month, we are taking a look at Music Mountain Compost!

Music Mountain Compost was founded in June 2020 in response to the provision in Vermont’s Act 148 that requires residents to stop sending food scraps to the landfills. Owner/operator Zachary Cavacas is a Vermont native with a background in homesteading. The organic waste they pick up is brought back to their own facility to make sure the waste is dealt with properly and turned into high-quality compost.  We spoke to Zach about his organization, which you can learn more about in the interview below.

What led you to start your composting operation?

Cavacas: I was out of work after being let go when Covid hit, and I saw Vermont had a compost law going into effect, and I decided to give it a try. I used all the money I had and bought a trailer and a bunch of buckets and bins.

Who do you serve, and how can people get in touch with you if they want to start composting?

Cavacas: I serve 70 towns in all and have over 400 customers. I do residential and commercial services. People can visit musicmountaincompost.com, call me at 802-342-3834, or email me at cavacasz@gmail.com.

A list of communities serviced can be viewed here.

How much organic material do you typically take in on a weekly basis?

Cavacas: I have composted over 70 tons of food waste. 

Please give us one fun fact about you or your business.

Cavacas: I pitched a perfect game in baseball when I was 12. 

Feel free to add any additional information about your operation as you see fit.

Cavacas: I recently was featured on VPR Brave Little State podcast. You can also see a video interview I did by clicking here.


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