Mandatory Recycling Bill Heads To Senate

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It’s on to the Vermont Senate for legislation that would push the state toward the goal of recycling and composting solid waste, with as little as possible going to landfills.

The bill would authorize the Agency of Natural Resources to write rules mandating recycling of materials ranging from batteries to paper.

And it says waste haulers must offer recycling at no additional charge.

The bill would prioritize disposal of organic waste. Food banks would get first dibs if the material is left over but still usable food. Next down the list would be agricultural uses, including animal feed. Then would come composting, and finally the material could be sent to a methane digester for energy production.

The House gave the measure final approval on Friday.

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