VT passes e-waste recycling bill

Do you have an old TV or computer gathering dust in your garage? For years VPIRG has been fighting for Vermonters to be able to safely and conveniently recycle their electronic waste. Now you’ll be able to – for free.
This week, the Vermont House of Representatives approved a broadly supported bill that would provide free recycling of e-waste to residents, small businesses, charities and schools in Vermont. The bill is now headed to the Governor’s desk, where it’s expected to be signed into law.
This is a huge victory for consumers.  Instead of storing old computers in their basements or waiting in long lines at events available only once or twice a year to recycle TVs, Vermonters will now be able to conveniently and responsibly recycle their e-waste for free at locations all around the state. What’s more, the bill makes sure electronics manufacturers pay their fair share of the cost of this terrific program.
Though this bill passed with tri-partisan support, the road to achieving this victory has been years in the making.  VPIRG has pushed for the passage of a strong producer responsibility e-waste bill since 2005. We’re proud to have worked with our allies and leaders in the legislature to make this happen.