Vermont’s Bottle Bill is our state’s most successful recycling and litter prevention program.

Thanks to the Bottle Bill, we recycle 85% of covered beverage containers, while only recycling about 36% of other containers. By updating the Bottle Bill to cover additional beverages like bottled water and juices, we can keep an estimated 100 million more bottles and cans out of Vermont’s landfills and off our roadsides every year.

VPIRG is working to expand the Bottle Bill to cover non-carbonated beverages like bottled water, cider, and wine.

Latest Bottle Bill News & Updates

Director’s Note on the 2014 Session


VICTORIES on GMOs, Toxics, Solar, and more! If you support VPIRG because we’re the kind of organization that takes on the tough fights on important issues and gets results, then I have good news for you. Our advocates, organizers, interns and member volunteers just completed one of the most successful legislative sessions in VPIRG’s 42 year history. ...

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2014 VPIRG Legislative Accomplishments

VPIRG Canvass team and staff celebrate victory.

VPIRG took on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate interests in the 2014 legislative session, and we won! From landmark legislation requiring GMO foods to be labeled to expanding opportunities for Vermont families to go solar, this was an incredible year. We also helped to pass a new law that will help protect kids ...

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Vermont’s Bottle Bill is Safe and Sound

Dog with plastic bottle

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 ...

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VPIRG and Allies Testify to Protect Vermont’s Bottle Bill

Paul Burns, Web

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 ...

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The Bottle Bill Is Under Attack

Cartoon courtesy of Tim Newcomb, Jan 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 ...

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2014 Legislative Priorities: Environmental Health


Protection from Untested Toxic Threats Every day, Vermonters are exposed daily to toxic chemicals because the federal government doesn’t require chemicals to be tested before they end up in the everyday products in your home.  Meanwhile, rates of health problems linked to chemical exposure—including cancer, infertility, asthma, learning disabilities — are all on the rise. In the ...

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Legislators tour TOMRA: Recycling in Action


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, ...

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