Vermonters have long worked to maintain a vital working landscape and thriving downtowns and villages. These compact centers also enable us to meet other important state goals, including helping save energy by providing transportation choices, offering vibrant spaces for small businesses, and providing an appealing setting and variety of housing choices for people of all stages of their lives. A variety of regulatory programs and financial incentives help us maintain our healthy environment alongside vibrant communities. These programs should be protected, and in some cases, strengthened.
Also, implementing strategies to reduce the amount of waste we generate, and improving how we manage waste, can help the state break out of disposal patterns that are inefficient, expensive, and produce harmful pollution – including greenhouse gas pollution and toxic chemicals that leach into state waters. In 2012, in response to stagnating recycling rates in the state, the Vermont Legislature enacted Act 148 that phased in mandatory recycling and composting over a number of years. We must maintain our commitment to this important legislation, and our successful “Bottle Bill,” while seeking policies to better fund these efforts and improve statewide recycling and composting rates.
2018 Legislative Priorities:
- Authorize full statutory funding for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.
- Maintain strong funding for Downtown and Village Tax Credits and the Working Lands Enterprise Fund.
- Maintain our commitment to mandatory recycling and composting.
- Expand the “Bottle Bill” to cover a wider range of beverages on the market.
- Increase funding for recycling and composting programs by authorizing the state to collect the Bottle Bill’s unclaimed nickels, and by putting a fee on disposable plastic bags.