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

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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2019 Summer Canvass Wrap-up

2019 Summer Canvass Wrap-up

This year, VPIRG’s summer canvass was devoted to one of the most pressing environmental issues facing us today: the single-use plastics crisis. Starting in May, our crew of dedicated canvassers went door to door across the state, sharing information and building powerful grassroots support around this important issue. And what a summer it turned out ...

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Vermont Says NO To Single-Use Plastics

Vermont Says NO To Single-Use Plastics

We’re excited to announce that Vermont just enacted the best single-use plastics law in the nation! VPIRG has been leading the charge for bold legislation to address plastic pollution, and now Governor Phil Scott has responded by signing S.113, which represents the toughest anti-plastics legislation yet on the statewide level. S.113 bans troublesome plastic carryout bags and ...

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