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Planning for Act 148

The Vermont Legislature passed Act 148, the Universal Recycling Law, in 2012. The law seeks to increase the amount of material that is recycled by phasing out what can be sent to landfills, including banning recyclables, food scraps and yard debris from landfills. The law also seeks to provide more choices and convenience for Vermont residents, businesses and institutions to foster recycling and composting. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources completed a Materials Management Plan in June of 2014 to implement the law, and that plan requires solid waste management districts, alliances and towns that manage solid waste to develop their own plans to implement the Universal Recycling Law. The Bennington County Regional Commission is assisting the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford to develop a plan, which must be approved by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources by June of 2015. We have created a planning team of town representatives and are holding periodic meetings. The minutes of the most recent meeting are available here for review by members of the public, and we will be posting dates and agendas of future meetings and minutes of those meetings in the future. Anyone having questions should contact Michael Batcher at 802-442-0713 x 2 or mbatcher@bcrcvt.org.