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

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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Why you should attend the public hearing on zero waste

Why you should attend the public hearing on zero waste

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 ...

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Legislative Accomplishments 2013

Legislative Accomplishments 2013

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 ...

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NEWS RELEASE: Corporate Influence and Coke’s Win over the Public Good

NEWS RELEASE: Corporate Influence and Coke's Win over the Public Good

Minutes after debate over corporate influence, Coca-Cola wins out over public good in Senate Finance Committee  MONTPELIER, VT—Just minutes after an extended floor debate about the possible influence of corporate contributions, the Senate Finance Committee opted against a publicly-supported proposal to have the state keep an estimated $1-3 million per year in unclaimed Bottle Bill nickels ...

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News Release: Vermont leads nation in collecting discarded mercury thermostats

News Release: Vermont leads nation in collecting discarded mercury thermostats

Vermont leads nation in collecting discarded mercury thermostats Manufacturer-led recycling programs found to be ineffective in most other states Montpelier, VT – While a manufacturer-run program for collecting mercury thermostats is failing to keep the toxic heavy metal out of the trash—and the environment—in most states, Vermont leads the nation in per capita collection rates, according to ...

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House Resolution Honors Environmental Champion, Late Joan Mulhern

House Resolution Honors Environmental Champion, Late Joan Mulhern

“There are far too many violations and far too few prosecutions for the state’s enforcement efforts to create a credible deterrent to breaking the law. If it is cheaper for companies to ignore our environmental laws than it is to abide by the laws, there is an economic incentive to ignore the laws.  Unfortunately, that’s ...

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Overwhelming support for expanded Bottle Bill at public hearing

Overwhelming support for expanded Bottle Bill at public hearing

At a public hearing concerning a draft report on Vermont’s Bottle Bill and single-stream recycling programs, dozens of Vermonters – everyone from redemption center owners to environmentalists to community groups – called on the Agency of Natural Resources to expand Vermont’s Bottle Bill.  Proponents of expanding this successful recycling program spoke for over an hour, ...

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