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
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 ...Read More
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, ...Read More
Do you want to be part of the solution to our most pressing environmental problems? The Environmental Summit is your chance to join like-minded individuals and organizations for a day of inspiring speakers and energizing workshops. Register at http://bit.ly/VTEnvSummit.Read More
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, ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
Reduce – Reuse – Recycle: it’s a catchy tagline, but it’s a lot trickier to figure out how to truly get the job done. In fact, you might be surprised to hear that Vermont’s recycling rate is falling behind many other regions. The state has finally gotten serious about this problem, and they hired a consultant ...Read More
The legislative session is over, and the results are in. Here at VPIRG, we’re celebrating the victories that our members helped to bring about. Thank you! Of course, we didn’t win every fight. The Legislature failed to commit the necessary resources to weatherize our homes and businesses, for example. But we’re taking the time to celebrate the ...Read More