Lawmakers Hear the Facts About Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Did you know?

  • Waste generation in Vermont is up 34% since 1987, while recycling is no where near the 50% goal set by Act 78.
  • Keeping waste out of landfills creates jobs and they pay better than redemption center jobs.
  • Bottle bills are a very expensive way to recover a relatively small amount of material.

These are just a few of the facts the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources heard from expert testimony on Thursday, April 21.

First they saw a sample of some of the things that currently end up in VT landfills but would be recycled under H218, The Extended Producer Responsibility Act.

Hear all of Andrew MacLean’s introductory remarks here.

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Ted Siegler, of DSM Environmental Services, testified about the history of solid waste management and recycling in Vermont. His presentation also showed that the EPR system would focus on efficient recycling for more materials.

Hear all of Ted Siegler’s testimony here.

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Legislators then heard from Derek Stevenson, president of StewardEdge, about how the EPR process is a fact of life in Canada.

Hear the first part of Derek Stevenson’s testimony here.

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And he explained the cradle-to-cradle nature of the system.

 

Hear the remainder of Derek Stevenson’s testimony here.

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