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

2021 Legislative Wrap-Up

2021 Legislative Wrap-Up

The Vermont legislature has officially wrapped up its work for the session, and once again VPIRG’s research, member engagement, and advocacy efforts paid off. We were incredibly successful in this “virtual” session, going toe-to-toe against some of the most powerful corporate lobbyists in the state. We’re pleased to announce that a number of our top ...

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VPIRG is Hiring for our Summer Canvass!

VPIRG is Hiring for our Summer Canvass!

Apply at: www.vpirg.org/2021CanvassApp HIRING FOR JULY 5th! Ever wish you could get paid to have a meaningful impact on local and state politics? To travel Vermont, bike around some of the most scenic parts of the state, and make a positive impact on the environment by fighting for Vermont’s most important recycling program – the Bottle Bill? ...

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Vermont House Passes Bottle Bill Upgrade

Vermont House Passes Bottle Bill Upgrade

Vermont’s House of Representatives passed an important piece of legislation on Friday that updates the state’s container redemption program known commonly as the Bottle Bill. The legislation, H.175, expands the Bottle Bill program to include wine and non-carbonated drinks like water, iced tea, sports drinks, and juice. Under the current Bottle Bill system, Vermonters pay an ...

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About that Whopper from Casella…

About that Whopper from Casella…

H.175 is the best opportunity we’ve had in decades to modernize Vermont’s popular Bottle Bill. Recently, hundreds of our VPIRG members responded to our call to action and sent an email to their representatives in the Legislature. This added a burst of momentum to our campaign and apparently scared the bejesus out of the corporate opponents of the Bottle Bill.     Take ...

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Majority of Vermonters Support Bottle Bill

Majority of Vermonters Support Bottle Bill

More than 4 out of 5 also want it updated to cover more containers. Vermont’s Bottle Bill is not only one of the state’s most successful environmental programs, having recycling more than 10 billion containers since 1972, it also may be the most popular.  The Vermont Public Interest Research Group released brand new statewide polling data ...

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Legislators Consider Expanding VT’s Bottle Bill – Take Action!

Legislators Consider Expanding VT's Bottle Bill - Take Action!

Vermont’s Bottle Bill is responsible for recycling approximately 10 BILLION beverage containers since it was passed in 1972. That’s incredible! It’s true, the Bottle Bill has been Vermont’s most effective recycling law for generations. Since it took effect in 1973, it has: Reduced roadside litter, saving an estimated $34 million in litter cleanup costs, Produced huge quantities of ...

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State Settles CSWD Glass-Dumping Case

State Settles CSWD Glass-Dumping Case

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced a settlement agreement with Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) today regarding the District’s improper dumping of approximately 18,000 tons of processed glass between 2013 and 2018. As part of the agreement, CSWD is required to make payments totaling $400,000, $178,000 of which will go to the State. The rest ...

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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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