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

Senate Approves Bill to Deal With Single-Use Plastic Pollution

The Senate has given final approval on a 30-0 vote to S.113 – legislation to address the problem of plastic pollution in Vermont. The Senate had previously given initial approval to the bill on a 27-3 vote. Though this is just the first step toward stopping the problem, if passed into law, S.113 would be ...

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VPIRG: This Mardi Gras season, beware the toxic beads

Montpelier, VT — The Vermont Public Interest Research Group issued a warning today for all those who may be interested in celebrating Mardi Gras with necklaces of cheap plastic beads. The group’s advice? Don’t do it. Or at a minimum, take precautions to minimize toxic threats. Citing past research by the Ecology Center and VerdiGras, VPIRG ...

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Montpelier approves measure to tackle plastics

In Montpelier on Election Day 2018, citizens voted overwhelmingly in favor of Article 4, marking the first major step in the fight against plastic pollution in Vermont’s capital city. The measure was an official charter change that would grant the City Council of Montpelier an additional power to regulate the distribution of single-use plastic products ...

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Montpelier: Vote YES on 4 to Curb Plastic Pollution

VPIRG has come out in support of Article 4 – a proposed charter change for Montpelier that would give city leaders the authority to address the growing problem of single-use plastic pollution. Specifically, the charter change, proposed by the Mayor and City Council, would enable Montpelier to regulate the sale and distribution of single-use plastics. ...

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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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New law will use unclaimed Bottle Bill deposits for clean water

For more than two decades, we’ve been working to end the giveaway of millions of dollars in unclaimed bottle deposits to the beverage industry and put that money to work for Vermonters. Last night, the governor signed S.285, which finally reclaims the deposits and uses the money to help clean up Vermont’s water ways. This is a ...

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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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