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

VPIRG and Allies Testify to Protect Vermont’s Bottle Bill

VPIRG and Allies Testify to Protect Vermont's Bottle Bill

This morning, VPIRG Executive Director Paul Burns testified before the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee to oppose provisions within S.208 that would mean cutbacks to Vermont’s Bottle Bill. His testimony focused on the history of environmental success of the Bottle Bill, as well as the overwhelming popularity of the program with Vermonters. You can ...

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The Bottle Bill Is Under Attack

The Bottle Bill Is Under Attack

Although it’s hard to believe, but the Senate Natural Resources committee is working on a bill that would repeal portions of the Bottle Bill. The sponsor of this legislation and Chair of this Committee, Senator Hartwell, has made his vision clear, stating: “At some point, the bottle bill will be eliminated.”1 Senator Harwell’s bill (S. 208) takes ...

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2014 Legislative Priorities: Environmental Health

2014 Legislative Priorities: Environmental Health

Protection from Untested Toxic Threats Every day, Vermonters are exposed daily to toxic chemicals because the federal government doesn’t require chemicals to be tested before they end up in the everyday products in your home.  Meanwhile, rates of health problems linked to chemical exposure—including cancer, infertility, asthma, learning disabilities — are all on the rise. In the ...

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Legislators tour TOMRA: Recycling in Action

Legislators tour TOMRA: Recycling in Action

Legislators gathered yesterday to tour the TOMRA recycling facility in Essex. They were given an inside look at beverage container recycling in Vermont, with presentations from TOMRA, the owner of Essex Discount Beverage owner, and the President of Quebec’s 2M Ressources – a company that buys recyclable material from Vermont. After presentations about the redemption program, ...

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Check out the Agenda: VT Environmental Summit

Check out the Agenda: VT Environmental Summit

A Day of Empowering the Grassroots The final agenda for the 2013 Environmental Summit is in. Join us on Saturday, November 9th, for a day of empowering the grassroots of Vermont. Click below to check out descriptions of the issue and skill workshops, and click here if you haven’t registered yet. The registration deadline is Thursday, ...

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Bottle Bill is Strongly Supported by Vermonters, Polling Shows

Bottle Bill is Strongly Supported by Vermonters, Polling Shows

As the state reviews options for reducing waste, one proposal is a clear winner: an expanded Bottle Bill. A recent draft study shows the state could recycle more and reduce greenhouse gases by expanding its Bottle Bill – and according to polling, that’s a very popular idea among Vermonters. The annual Doyle survey consistently shows ...

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Citizens call for expanded Bottle Bill

Champagne: Bottle bill needs to be part of new recycling regs Reposted from VT Digger By Beth Champagne, a member of the North Country Coalition for Justice and Peace in St. Johnsbury who writes on environmental, climate change, farming and energy issues. Clearly and calmly, one after another, Vermonters challenged the Agency of Natural Resources at a public ...

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