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 to write a report recommending a plan of action. Unfortunately, this consultant has deep ties to industry groups that are looking to roll back the progress we’ve made – including killing the Bottle Bill.
Everything from composting to hazardous waste to the Bottle Bill is under discussion. Before transforming the way we handle reusable and recyclable materials, our state leaders need to know we want real solutions, not industry-sponsored schemes.
Does the state’s plan favor industry lobbyists now? In some ways, yes. For instance, the consultants who drafted the report bent over so far backwards for their beverage industry benefactors that they even claimed that the Bottle Bill doesn’t reduce litter! This ridiculous claim doesn’t pass the laugh test for most of us, but it’s exactly what Coke and Pepsi want us to believe.
Tuesday’s Public Hearing gives us the chance to demand that state officials get this report right. Join us next Tuesday so they can hear loud and clear that Vermonters want real solutions for recycling, composting, reducing litter and more. If you’re able to join us, we’ll provide sample comments at the hearing.
Come show your support for the bottle bill and other successful recycling programs!