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Universal Recycling Timeline

Recycling, can be an eye opening experience. Learning what can be recycled, reused or repurposed helps an individual plan their purchases to include ways to dispose of the endless packaging that comes with everthing we buy. . In July 2012 the state of Vermont put into law a series of mandatory landfill bans. This law -Act148- is now beginning to fullfill its mission.

Beginning July 1, 2014
Transfer stations/Drop-off Facilities must accept residential recyclables at no extra charge.
Food scrap generators of 104 ton/year or 2 tons/week must divert material to any certified facility within 20 miles
Beginning July 1, 2015
Statewide unit based pricing takes effect, requiring residential trash charges be based on volume or weight.
Recyclables are banned from the landfill
Transfer stations/Drop-off Facilities must accept leaf and yard debris
Haulers must offer recycling services and must bundle the recycling costs with trash costs for residential customers.
Public buildings must provide recycling containers alongside all trash containers in public spaces, exception for restrooms
Food scrap generators of 52 tons/year or 1 ton/week must divert material to any certified facility within 20 miles
Beginning July 1, 2016
Leaf, yard, and clean wood debris are banned from the landfill.
Haulers must offer leaf and yard debris collection
Food scrap generators of 26 tons/year or 1/2ton/week must divert material to any certified facility within 20 miles
Beginning July 1, 2017
Tranfer stations/Drop off facilities must accept food scraps
Haulers must offer food scrap collection
Food scrap generators of 18 tons/year or 1/3 ton/week must divert material to any certified facility within 20 miles
Beginning July 1, 2020
Food scraps are banned from the landfill

What this means is that in the next few years there will be a series of landfill bans and significant changes to the way we think about our "trash". For decades the responsibility to take care of our waste has been relegated to the haulers who were picking it up and throwing it in their truck to haul to the landfill. The residents of Vermont will be taking a big step forward to make this happen. As much as we hope it to be an easy task, there are bound to be a few "hiccups" along the way. The breakdown is simple after July 1st, 2014 your trash hauler will no longer be able to take "trash" that contains; cardboard, paper, tin, aluminum, glass or plastic. This may appear to be unachievable but to compensate the hauler will have to take these materials and bring them to a local recycling facility. The same thing will happen with the other materials on the designated dates.



The New Recycling Law - ACT 148
Universal Recycling Fact Sheet

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Link to State Website - Info on ACT 148

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Recycling by Town Separation Guidelines Hazardous Materials List Commercial Composting Guidelines
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