Vermont’s Universal Recycling law (Act 148) went into effect in 2015, creating mandatory curbside pickup of recycling and composting by 2020- the most significant and ambitious update to Vermont’s solid waste management in almost 25 years.

The state’s goals of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and maximizing our recycling and composting is a huge step towards a more sustainable future. Now, we’re working to find a means to fund the infrastructure updates necessary to carry out this important program.


 

 

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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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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Act 148: The Road to Universal Recycling

Act 148: The Road to Universal Recycling

Act 148, the universal recycling law passed by the legislature in 2012 will be taking effect quite soon. The law bans disposal of recyclables (metal, glass, plastics #1 & #2, and paper/cardboard) by JULY 1, 2015; leaf and yard debris and clean wood by JULY 1, 2016; and food scraps by JULY 1, 2020. It ...

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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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Zero Waste Brochure

By embracing an ambitious “zero waste” program, Vermont can, and should, break from current linear use of our resources, wherein which raw materials are extracted, processed into consumer goods, consumed, and then disposed primarily by being landfilled or incinerated.

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Important vote on mercury lamp recycling

Important vote on mercury lamp recycling

The benefits of fluorescent bulbs in terms of energy efficiency are tremendous, and VPIRG supports their continued use. However, fluorescent bulbs also contain mercury, a known neurotoxin that can build up in our bodies and the environment. As the demand for energy efficient lighting increases, it’s imperative that Vermont have an effective recycling infrastructure ...

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