October 27, 2014
Here at VPIRG, we remain more committed than ever to defend and eventually expand the state’s most effective recycling program, the bottle bill.
Next week, Massachusetts residents will vote on whether or not to expand the state’s bottle bill. Boston Globe columnist Thomas Farragher was all set on voting no. See what made him change his mind by reading the article below. Hint: it has a little something to do with big money in politics.
March 14, 2014
Its official- this Tuesday Bennington Senator Bob Hartwell asked legislative council to remove provisions from Senate Bill S. 208 that otherwise would have weakened Vermont’s Bottle Bill.
The proposed language would have eliminated the 15 cent deposit on liquor bottles, as well as the deposit on any container greater than 1 liter in volume.
The changes were met with concerns from VPIRG, Environmental organizations, community groups and redemption centers. Testimony from VPIRG and our allies implored legislators not to gut our State’s most successful recycling program.…
February 27, 2014
This morning, VPIRG Executive Director Paul Burns testified before the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee to oppose provisions within S.208 that would mean cutbacks to Vermont’s Bottle Bill. His testimony focused on the history of environmental success of the Bottle Bill, as well as the overwhelming popularity of the program with Vermonters. You can read the full testimony here:
The committee also heard testimony from Martin Wolf, Product Sustainability and Authenticity Director of Seventh Generation and David Ellenbogen, Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Vermont Sierra Club.…
February 18, 2014
Although it’s hard to believe, but the Senate Natural Resources committee is working on a bill that would repeal portions of the Bottle Bill.
The sponsor of this legislation and Chair of this Committee, Senator Hartwell, has made his vision clear, stating: “At some point, the bottle bill will be eliminated.”1
Senator Harwell’s bill (S. 208) takes the first scalpel to our most effective recycling program by cutting the deposit on liquor bottles and containers over one liter in size.…
December 18, 2013
Legislators gathered yesterday to tour the TOMRA recycling facility in Essex. They were given an inside look at beverage container recycling in Vermont, with presentations from TOMRA, the owner of Essex Discount Beverage owner, and the President of Quebec’s 2M Ressources – a company that buys recyclable material from Vermont.
After presentations about the redemption program, legislators donned safety vests and glasses and toured the recycling plant. TOMRA employs 20 Vermonters at its Essex location, which collects and sorts 90% of Vermont’s redeemed bottles.…
September 6, 2013
As the state reviews options for reducing waste, one proposal is a clear winner: an expanded Bottle Bill. A recent draft study shows the state could recycle more and reduce greenhouse gases by expanding its Bottle Bill – and according to polling, that’s a very popular idea among Vermonters.
The annual Doyle survey consistently shows support of about 80% of Vermonters for an expanded Bottle Bill, and scientific polling VPIRG conducted a couple years ago echoes that strong support, with 93% supporting the Bottle Bill, and 86% wanting it expanded to additional types of beverages.…
August 23, 2013
Champagne: Bottle bill needs to be part of new recycling regs
By Beth Champagne, a member of the North Country Coalition for Justice and Peace in St. Johnsbury who writes on environmental, climate change, farming and energy issues.
Clearly and calmly, one after another, Vermonters challenged the Agency of Natural Resources at a public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 20, on expanded recycling under Act 148, demanding a rewrite of the proposal for moving toward a “zero waste” society in which at least twice as much would be recycled rather than landfilled.…
August 19, 2013
Reduce – Reuse – Recycle: it’s a catchy tagline, but it’s a lot trickier to figure out how to truly get the job done. In fact, you might be surprised to hear that Vermont’s recycling rate is falling behind many other regions.
The state has finally gotten serious about this problem, and they hired a consultant to write a report recommending a plan of action. Unfortunately, this consultant has deep ties to industry groups that are looking to roll back the progress we’ve made – including killing the Bottle Bill. …
April 19, 2013
Minutes after debate over corporate influence, Coca-Cola wins out over public good in Senate Finance Committee
MONTPELIER, VT—Just minutes after an extended floor debate about the possible influence of corporate contributions, the Senate Finance Committee opted against a publicly-supported proposal to have the state keep an estimated $1-3 million per year in unclaimed Bottle Bill nickels rather than allow the beverage industry to continue to pocket the cash, as it has been doing for decades.…
March 13, 2013
At a public hearing concerning a draft report on Vermont’s Bottle Bill and single-stream recycling programs, dozens of Vermonters – everyone from redemption center owners to environmentalists to community groups – called on the Agency of Natural Resources to expand Vermont’s Bottle Bill. Proponents of expanding this successful recycling program spoke for over an hour, and the lone voice in opposition was a paid lobbyist from the beverage industry.
“The Bottle Bill works to get people to recycle like nothing else we have going,” said Lauren Hierl, VPIRG Environmental Health Advocate.…