Plastic Bottle and DollarVermont’s Universal Recycling law (Act 148) went into effect in 2015, creating mandatory curbside pickup of recycling and composting by 2020- the most significant and ambitious update to Vermont’s solid waste management in almost 25 years. The state’s goals of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and maximizing our recycling and composting is a huge step towards a more sustainable future. Now, we’re working to find a means to fund the infrastructure updates necessary to carry out this important program.

Revenue that can be gained by claiming unclaimed nickels for the state could be used to pay for Act 148, and in doing so, reduce costs of the program to individual Vermonter taxpayers.

Bottle Bill Escheats or “Unclaimed Nickels” are the unclaimed nickels from redeemable containers that are not returned. Currently these funds are given to the Beverage Industry. But seven of the ten states with Bottle Bills keep all or most of those unclaimed deposits- and several in turn invest that money into environmental programs. Unclaimed deposits in Vermont could total $1.5-3 Million annually in possible revenue to the state.

Is this recyclable? Tennis ball edition


As folks across the country become more aware of the necessity of recycling and reducing waste, we begin to address some more unusual sources of waste- in this case, tennis balls. Ever think about where all those yellow balls end up when they lose their bounce? Many tennis players will open a fresh can every time ...

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Let’s put our unclaimed nickels to work!


Vermont has a history of being a leader when it comes to protecting our environment. We were one of the first states to implement a Bottle Bill, we required manufacturers to tell you when there was mercury in your light bulbs, and now we are moving closer to implementing a statewide universal recycling program called Act ...

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2016 Legislative Preview


The 2016 Vermont legislative session is here! VPIRG is excited to build on the nearly 45 years of success that we have achieved together and continue working in the State House to protect our environment, watch out for consumers and put Vermont on a path to a sustainable future. Click on a program name below to jump ...

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Universal Recycling Law Takes Effect


Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) goes into effect today. The law was passed unanimously by the Vermont legislature in 2012. VPIRG believes that Act 148 will be a great complement to our state’s most successful recycling law – the Bottle Bill. Act 148 will provide an excellent opportunity to expand recycling rates for items not covered ...

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VPIRG’s Top 5 Ways to Recycle Better

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Last week we brought you a list of ways to recycle more. This week we hope you’ll check out our tips on how to recycle better- read on for some common items folks commonly recycle wrong, as well as ways to make sure they’re disposed of properly. 1. Coffee Cups Last post we talked about recycling coffee lids. Unfortunately, ...

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VPIRG’s Top 5 Things We Should Be Recycling

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. When done together, these three elements of conservation can go a long way to being responsible for our own waste and maintaining a healthy planet. But with so many different kinds of waste out there, VPIRG would like to shed some light on the third R- with our top five list of things ...

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Act 148: The Road to Universal Recycling


Act 148, the universal recycling law passed by the legislature in 2012 will be taking effect quite soon. The law bans disposal of recyclables (metal, glass, plastics #1 & #2, and paper/cardboard) by JULY 1, 2015; leaf and yard debris and clean wood by JULY 1, 2016; and food scraps by JULY 1, 2020. It ...

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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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