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

2016 Legislative Preview

2016 Legislative Preview

The 2016 Vermont legislative session is here! VPIRG is excited to build on the nearly 45 years of success that we have achieved together and continue working in the State House to protect our environment, watch out for consumers and put Vermont on a path to a sustainable future. Click on a program name below to jump ...

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We Won’t Let Coca-Cola Trash Vermont’s Bottle Bill

We Won't Let Coca-Cola Trash Vermont's Bottle Bill

As a child growing up in southern Vermont I spent many afternoons collecting cans and bottles from friends and neighbors. This was a great way to make a little extra spending money, and to help clean things up a bit. This is an experience I am sure that thousands of Vermonters are personally familiar with ...

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Microbeads: Much More Trick than Treat

Microbeads: Much More Trick than Treat

As we learn more about the impact that microbeads have on our environment, Vermonters are realizing they are something to be afraid of this Halloween. Microbeads are small plastic beads added to things like toothpaste and face washes to help with exfoliation.  A recent article in the Washington Post noted that up to 8 trillion ...

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VT students research innovative solutions to our plastic woes

VT students research innovative solutions to our plastic woes

Kids seem to often have a better ability to recognize problems than adults do. This was certainly the case in a Windsor classroom this week as I spoke with middle school students about two major environmental issues we’re facing today- microbeads in personal care products and ever-present plastic bags. To the students, it’s simple: we use ...

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Universal Recycling Law Takes Effect

Universal Recycling Law Takes Effect

Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) goes into effect today. The law was passed unanimously by the Vermont legislature in 2012. VPIRG believes that Act 148 will be a great complement to our state’s most successful recycling law – the Bottle Bill. Act 148 will provide an excellent opportunity to expand recycling rates for items not covered ...

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UN Report Calls for Microbead Ban

UN Report Calls for Microbead Ban

The United Nations Environment Programme has released a new report in which it recommends a ban on microplastics, including microbeads, found in personal care products. The report states, “for the last 50 years, microparticles of plastic, or microplastics, have been used in personal care products and cosmetics, replacing natural options in a large number of cosmetic ...

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VPIRG’s Top 5 Ways to Recycle Better

VPIRG's Top 5 Ways to Recycle Better

Last week we brought you a list of ways to recycle more. This week we hope you’ll check out our tips on how to recycle better- read on for some common items folks commonly recycle wrong, as well as ways to make sure they’re disposed of properly. 1. Coffee Cups Last post we talked about recycling coffee lids. Unfortunately, ...

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VPIRG’s Top 5 Things We Should Be Recycling

VPIRG's Top 5 Things We Should Be Recycling

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. When done together, these three elements of conservation can go a long way to being responsible for our own waste and maintaining a healthy planet. But with so many different kinds of waste out there, VPIRG would like to shed some light on the third R- with our top five list of things ...

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