Vermont’s Bottle Bill is our state’s most successful recycling and litter prevention program.

Thanks to the Bottle Bill, we recycle 85% of covered beverage containers, while only recycling about 36% of other containers. By updating the Bottle Bill to cover additional beverages like bottled water and juices, we can keep an estimated 100 million more bottles and cans out of Vermont’s landfills and off our roadsides every year.

VPIRG is working to expand the Bottle Bill to cover non-carbonated beverages like bottled water, cider, and wine. We are also working towards taking back the unclaimed nickles that go to the beverage industry under current law, and using those funds to improve our universal recycling program.

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

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News Release: Vermont leads nation in collecting discarded mercury thermostats

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