Bill Would Make Recycling Mandatory In Vermont

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The Vermont House has voted
unanimously in favor of a bill that would make recycling mandatory across the
state. It now goes to the Senate, and Governor Peter Shumlin has said he
supports it. The bill would make recycling – and eventually even composting – mandatory,
with the mandates being phased in over the next few years. First up would be
"traditional" recyclables, like paper and plastics, then yard waste, and
eventually organic material, such as food. We talk about what this would look
like, and what it would mean on a practical level for solid waste districts,
for businesses, and for you, with Representative Tony Klein, chair of the House
Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Jen Holliday, legislative liaison for
the Chittenden Solid Waste District, and Peter Gaskill, general manager of
Triple T Trucking, which is based in Brattleboro.

Also on the program, the
political interests of Bruce Lisman. The Burlington native and retired JP Morgan executive has put tens
of thousands of dollars into the Campaign for Vermont, a policy non-profit that has been advertising on
radio stations. Critics – including the Vermont Democratic Party – question whether the campaign is laying the groundwork for Lisman to run for office in the coming election

And science teacher Mike
Stannard wanted to incorporate more hands-on field-based learning for his
students at Rutland High
School.  So last fall, he approached other ninth grade
faculty about creating a special unit on maple sugaring.  His colleagues embraced the idea and for the
last several weeks students have not only been making syrup but incorporating
sugaring in everything from theater, music and social studies to math and



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