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New Universal Recycling Law - Act 148

Vermontís new Universal Recycling law establishes uniform standards and requirements for recycling across the state that will facilitate re-use of valuable materials that would otherwise be landfilled. There is a potential to at least double the amount of materials recycled in Vermont. Recycling materials and compositing food scraps and leaf and yard debris will save money, lower Vermontís greenhouse gas emissions (estimated 38% improvement), and reduce the need for an additional landfill. The BCRC is working with towns throughout the region to integrate these requirements into a new multi-town solid waste management plan. What is the timeline of the law for residents?

  • July 1, 2015: Mandated recyclables are banned from landfill
  • July 1, 2016: Leaf and yard debris and clean wood are banned from landfill
  • July 1, 2020: Food scraps are banned from landfill
  • Go to the Agency of Natural Resourceís website for more information, or contact Michael Batcher at the BCRC: mbatcher@bcrcvt.org.