Protecting the natural environment that is so central to our ecosystem, economy, and Vermont way of life.

VPIRG believes that Vermont should break from a cradle-to-grave approach where products are made, consumed, and discarded and instead embrace an ambitious “zero waste” program that strives to eliminate waste, rather than simply manage it.

Manufacturers need to be held accountable for putting their products into our environment, and VPIRG is committed to ensuring they do as little damage as possible to the natural landscape we all love so much.

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Recent Zero Waste News

ANR halts retroactive permitting process for CSWD illegal glass case

ANR halts retroactive permitting process for CSWD illegal glass case

On Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 we learned that the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) has chosen not to move forward with issuing after-the-fact permits to Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) for several instances of illegal dumping of glass. This decision comes on the heels of a wave of public input to officials at ANR, urging them ...

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ANR to let CSWD off the hook for illegal glass dumping

ANR to let CSWD off the hook for illegal glass dumping

In April 2018, Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) sent Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) a Notice of Alleged Violation for dumping glass that Vermont residents and haulers had paid them to recycle. Records indicate that in 2017, huge quantities of glass that citizens put into bins and paid to be recycled were instead dumped in three different locations in Williston by Chittenden ...

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Let’s Talk About Environmental Justice

Let's Talk About Environmental Justice

According to the EPA, environmental justice is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” A goal which will be achieved “when everyone enjoys (1) the same degree of protection from environmental ...

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Understanding VT’s New Composting Law

Understanding VT's New Composting Law

As of July 1, 2020, Vermont state law bans food scraps from the trash. Here’s what you need to know… What’s Act 148? In 2012, Vermont passed the Universal Recycling Law (Act 148), which had several waste-diversion provisions that would be phased in over the course of several years. The last of these measures,  which bans food scraps ...

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VT Single-Use Plastics Ban Takes Effect

VT Single-Use Plastics Ban Takes Effect

Great news – Vermont’s Single-Use Plastics Ban goes into effect today! Last year, VPIRG worked hard to advocate for the passage of this best-in-the-nation legislation, and we couldn’t have done it without support from our members, supporters, and allies across the state. As you well know, we face a real and growing plastic pollution crisis. That’s ...

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Tell VT Officials: Keep Recycling in Vermont!

Tell VT Officials: Keep Recycling in Vermont!

During this crisis, we need to do everything we can to protect frontline workers who are making it possible for life to go on for the rest of us. At the same time, we need to guard against corporate interests trying to use the crisis as leverage to win policies that could harm public health and ...

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Environmental Health Crossover Update & Call to Action

Environmental Health Crossover Update & Call to Action

The VT Legislature is back from Town Meeting break and it’s crossover week, which means legislation needs to move this week if it’s to have a chance of being enacted this year. VPIRG director Paul Burns and Vermont Conservation Voters director Lauren Hierl came together to give an update on where several key pieces of ...

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The Truth About Black Plastic

The Truth About Black Plastic

At VPIRG, we know that plastic can be incredibly harmful to our health and the environment, which is why we worked to pass the nation’s toughest ban on single-use plastics here in the Green Mountain State. But some kinds of plastic are even worse than others. Take black plastic, for example. It’s used for a ...

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