Implementing strategies to reduce the amount of waste we generate, and improving how we manage waste, can help the state break out of use and 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 reduce our reliance on single-use plastics and continuing to improve statewide recycling and composting rates.
2019 Legislative Priorities:
- Reduce the use of single-use plastics by banning disposable plastic bags and polystyrene, and requiring that straws only be offered upon request.
- Modernize the “Bottle Bill” to cover a wider range of beverages on the market, and increase the deposit from a nickel to a dime.
- Maintain our statutory commitment to mandatory recycling and composting.