On Town Meeting Day, vote ‘no’ on Doyle Survey question #5

Please, we ask you to vote ‘no’ on Question #5 on the Doyle Survey when you go to Town Meeting. Show legislators that they should continue their good work to move toward a mor comprehensive solid waste policy that aims to reduce waste, encourage recycling, and put the cost of the system on the manufacturers.

The question will state: “Do you believe Vermont’s Bottle Deposit Law should be expanded to include all bottled beverages?”

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Universal Recycling of Solid Waste: What it means for VT’s future

Last June Governor Shumlin signed H.485, an Act Relating to Establishing Universal Recycling of Solid Waste. This law is designed to conserve resources and energy, maximize waste reduction and minimize our impact on the environment.

Central to the new law is a plan with a timeline over several years to optimize the effect of universal recycling and to prepare the state and solid waste facilities to handle what is ahead.


By November 1, 2013, a thorough study on all aspects of solid waste management will be complete.  This report will include a breakdown of what makes up our waste and an analysis of cost, local governance, infrastructure, natural resources and environmental impact. The legislature will use the study as a basis for their next recommendations, probably resulting in new proposed laws in the 2014 session. Continue reading

Zero Waste for a Better Vermont

Every day Americans waste enough food to fill the Rose Bowl…

6-R WCDB MediumThe Moretown landfill risks being shut down in 2013 due to growing unmanageable waste issues.  Cassandra Hemenway Brush discusses adopting a “zero waste” policy to better Vermont by using the six “R”s and rethinking how we handle and define waste. With a long term goal of eliminating the concept of waste altogether, we can preserve our existing landfills, reduce ozone destruction, and save money and resources.

Read the full article at VT Digger.

“I Am Just Thrilled:” Jennifer Holliday of the Chittenden Solid Waste District Talks About New Mandatory Recycling Bill

Earlier this week Burlington Free Press staff writer Candace Page sat down with Jennifer Holliday, product stewardship manager for the Chittenden Solid Waste District, to talk about the new solid waste bill passed by the Legislature this session. Holliday calls the passage of the bill a “major accomplishment” for Vermont, one that will have a far-reaching impact on the handling of recyclable materials in the state for many years to come.

BFP: How else does the bill encourage us to recycle?

JH: There’s a convenience aspect to the bill. Recycling will be as easy as throwing something in the trash. It requires if you are a solid-waste hauler or facility, you have to provide collection for those banned materials. If you provide curbside collection of trash, you are going to have provide collection of recyclables by 2015, leaf and yard waste by 2016 and food waste by 2017. The same for solid-waste facilities. Recycling away from home or the workplace is often difficult, so there is a requirement that any public space that is owned by state or local government — a town hall, a state park — that recycling containers be placed wherever there are trash containers. There’s one more thing. The bill provides financial incentives for recycling. It says haulers and facilities have to collect recyclables for free. If people are paying to dispose of their trash, but recycling is free, there is a financial incentive to recycle.

Read the whole interview at The Burlington Free Press.


Green In the Most Unusual Places

Nothing screams “I don’t care about greenhouse gasses” like driving dozens of race cars around a track at high speed for hours at a time. But that’s the business of NASCAR, and they do it over 1500 times at more than 100 tracks in 39 states each and every year.

Over the last three years, however, NASCAR has worked aggressively to look at their practices and green their image.

“The country is going in a green direction, both from a corporate standpoint and in terms of general consciousness,” Mink Lynch, director of green innovations, tells the Miami Herald “We felt the NASCAR environment could shine an enormous amount of visibility on companies’ technologies and solutions,” specifically around the areas of conservation, green job creation and U.S. energy independence. Continue reading

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