VPIRG works to protect not only Vermonters, but the environment that they live in as well. Water and land quality, recycling, plants and animals: all are at the core of what we work so hard for every day.

VPIRG believes that Vermont should break from the cradle-to-grave approach where products are made, consumed, and discarded by embracing an ambitious “zero waste” program that strives to eliminate waste, rather than simply manage it. We value the impact of product-life on the environment over the profits it will generate, and will push our legislators to do the same. Manufacturers need to be held accountable for putting their products into our environment, and VPIRG will be there to make sure that they do as little damage as possible to the natural landscape we all love so much.

Recent Environmental News & Updates

VPIRG launches Straws Upon Request campaign

Earlier today, VPIRG stood alongside business owners and environmentalists in the kick off for the Straws Upon Request Pledge, a statewide campaign aimed at reducing the number of single-use plastic straws used and thrown away in Vermont. The idea is pretty simple: businesses that take the pledge will make straws available to their customers only upon ...

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Senate advances Pollina amendment to reclaim nickels

This past week, the Senate passed an amendment by Sen. Anthony Pollina (Washington County) to S.285, which would reclaim Vermonters’ nickels to fund recycling or other important state programs. This amendment must still win approval in the House, but this is a huge achievement that VPIRG has been working toward for decades. Vermont’s popular ‘Bottle Bill’ was ...

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The truth about the “bag ban”

This week you’ve likely started to hear rumblings about the proposed “bag ban” in Vermont.  When you hear about this on VPR, or read about it in another media source please remember one thing. This is not a bag ban.   You see, there are two bills being discussed in the Vermont House right now.  Both ...

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Paving the way for universal recycling one nickel at a time

The Bottle Bill is the well-known state law that allows individuals to return certain beverage containers to a redemption center for a five cent rebate. For VPIRG, the issue runs deep- the organization has been fighting to defend and expand the Bottle Bill for over 40 years. It’s a simple yet novel idea, and Bottle Bills across the ...

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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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Healthy Soil = Healthy Planet

Today our advocate Falko Schilling testified in favor of S. 159, a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation that would establish a state-level certification program for products produced using regenerative agricultural processes.   We support this bill for a few important reasons: It will help to legitimize and support regenerative agriculture, which has huge environmental benefits, including: Carbon sequestration and decreased greenhouse ...

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