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Bill Would Make Recycling Mandatory In Vermont

03/14/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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AP/Toby Talbot
A truck full of recycling unloads in East Montpelier. The Vermont House unanimously passed a bill that would push the state toward mandatory recycling and composting.

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 cycle.

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 English.




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