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Survey Says: VT Litter Rates Remain High

Bottle Bills Don’t Do the Trick

The final report of the 2010 Northeast Litter Survey shows that Vermont’s litter rate is higher than either Maine or New Hampshire and that the bottle bill makes little difference in that. More comprehensive measures are necessary to reduce litter and increase recycling.

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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Litter Study of Northern New England

Bottles, or lack thereof, don’t make much of a dent in over-all litter rates, according to this research report from the American Beverage Association’s Government Affairs Office. Examining litter in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, in fact, they found that Vermont has much more litter than either of the two states. Even New Jersey is doing a better job of litter control than the Green Mountain State!

Rep. Margaret Cheney Discusses the EPR Bill on VPR

Representative Margaret Cheney, vice chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Charity Carbine-March, Environmental Health Advocate for VPIRG, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group spoke about expanding recycling in Vermont on VPR’s Vermont Edition on March 10.

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