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 also requires solid waste haulers and facilities to collect these same materials.

Click here to read the landmark legislation. 

This law is the most ambitious recycling law in the nation, meant to create truly effective waste management solutions with a positive ecological impact! VPIRG will be at the table to make sure it is implemented as intended and that Vermonter’s are aware of these important changes.

This legislative session lawmakers will debate how to pay for the infrastructure updates necessary for Act 148. Our citizen supporters will be huge in making this program work for everyone. Click here to add your name to VPIRG’s petition to lawmakers encouraging our elected officials to use the money from unclaimed Bottle Bill deposits to fund our recycling efforts.