Building on important work done in recent years to ban specific single-use products, we must continue to develop and implement strategies to reduce the amount of waste we generate, and improve how we manage waste. As underscored by the legislatively-created Single Use Products Working Group, our current use and disposal patterns are inefficient, expensive, and produce harmful pollution – including climate pollution and toxic chemicals that leach into our waters.
The Vermont Legislature mandated recycling and composting in Act 148. We must maintain our commitment to this important legislation while pursuing complementary policies to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics and harmful alternatives, continue to work to improve statewide recycling and composting rates, and modernize our successful “Bottle Bill.”
We must also continue to develop and implement strategies to reduce the amount of waste we generate, and improve how we manage our waste. Our current use and disposal of plastics and other materials is inefficient, expensive, and produces harmful pollution – including climate pollution and toxic contamination.
2022 Legislative Priorities:
- Modernize the “Bottle Bill” by covering a wider range of beverages to reduce waste, cut plastic pollution, and increase recycling.
- Update: Bottle Bill modernization passed both the House and Senate but ran out of time before lawmakers could get a final version approved by both chambers.