Think back to the number of cell phones you’ve gone through over the
last 10 years or so. That’s just a tiny fraction of the electronic waste
Vermonters throw out each year. The state has just concluded its first
year of an electronics recycling program, and diverted 4.8 million
pounds of electronic waste from landfills into a recycling program.
Governor Peter Shumlin signed
a bill into law Thursday morning that creates mandatory recycling and
composting requirements to be phased in over the next few years. Waster haulers
will eventually be required to collect leaf and yard, as well as food waste.
The Vermont House just voted
unanimously in favor of a bill that would make recycling mandatory across the
state. The bill would make recycling – and eventually composting – mandatory,
with the mandates being phased in over the next few years.
Vermont House has given its strong support to a bill that’s designed to increase
the recycling of solid and organic materials. Supporters
say the measure is needed because Vermont is running out of landfill space.
A year-old Brattleboro company is growing quickly by responding to the habits
of an on-the-go culture. The company, Recycle Away,
designs recycling systems and bins for the many beverage containers people
consume away from home.
We tackle the question of what role manufacturers, consumers and government should play in reducing the amount of trash we create when we throw out packaging or old products.
Also, a proposed Rail Spur in Middlebury would accommodate
the OMYA Corporation’s freight needs. And, celebrating the election of Madeleine Kunin 25 years ago.