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How does Universal Recycling apply to Vermont haulers?

Act 148, a landmark universal recycling law, was passed by the Vermont Legislature in June of 2012. Among other things the law bans mandated recyclables from the landfill and requires the phased-in ban on leaf and yard debris, food scraps and clean wood from the landfill. The goal of this law is to increase diversion of valuable materials from the waste stream and provide convenient and consistent recycling and disposal options to Vermont residents and businesses. All haulers who provide trash collection will eventually be required to offer collection of recyclables, leaf and yard debris, and food scraps, or to sub-contract with another hauler to provide these services to their customers.

Vermont residents and businesses will be looking to you, their solid waste haulers for assistance and information with their waste reduction needs. The staff of the VT DEC Solid Waste Program and Solid Waste Management Entities of Vermont (solid waste districts and alliances) will collaborate with you to provide this assistance. More detailed information regarding statewide meetings and outreach tools such as flyers and posters will be made available to you in the coming months.

Information & Guides

General Info

Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Introductory Letter to Haulers (PDF)
Summary Sheet for Haulers (PDF)
FAQ Sheet for Haulers (PDF)

Statewide Directory of Food Scrap Haulers (PDF)
>> Link to Hauler Permitting Page

Info on Removal of Exemption for 1-Ton Haulers

Agency of Natural Resources Letter to Haulers Explaining 1-Ton Exemption Removal from Law (PDF)
S.208 As Enacted Into Law with Highlights for 1-Ton Hauler Exemption Removal (PDF)

Guidance for Parallel Collection & Variable-Rate Pricing Policies

Parallel Collection Fact Sheet for Haulers and Facilities (PDF)
FINAL Variable Rate Pricing Guide (PDF and Word Version)
Explaining Recycling Costs to Customers: A Quick "How-To" (PDF)

AT A GLANCE: How facilities & haulers can charge for new services

Facilities cannot charge a separate fee for the collection of listed recyclables from residential customers, but they can charge commercial haulers for this service. Facilities can also charge for the collection of leaf and yard debris and food scraps.

Haulers cannot charge a separate fee for the collection of listed recyclables from residential customers, but the costs of collecting these items can be included in residential trash collection fees. Haulers can also charge for the collection of leaf and yard debris and food scraps.

The law requires municipalities to implement unit based pricing (based on volume or weight) for their residential customers starting July 1, 2015.  Haulers will also be required to utilize the unit based pricing systems that are implemented by municipal entities (including solid waste districts, towns and town groups).  

ANR will review facility and hauler residential rate structures to ensure that rates are transparent to customers.

Resources for Your Clients

paperclipDownload the following handouts to help inform your customers about new Universal Recycling requirements. Have them available at your office, or insert them into billing statements or mail stuffers. Package them together in an informational booklet for your hauling company, or post to your web site.

Universal Recycling Summary Timeline
Universal Recycling Summary Fact Sheet (PDF)
Fact Sheet & FAQ's for Residents (PDF)

Additional Resources

outreachVisit the Universal Recycling Resources page for links to concepts and outreach ideas on materials management.

Use these social media sources for up-to-date media bites on: upcoming events, Universal Recycling implementation deadlines, and ideas we see and like. A great way to stay connected.


Contact your local solid waste management entity.

The features and requirements of Universal Recycling are in addition to any mandates or ordinances enacted by your solid waste management entity (municipality). Identify your local Solid Waste Management Entity (SWME) by clicking on the button to the left, and contact a staff person for specific information.

Access standardized recycling, food scraps, and trash symbols for your business.

The Agency of Natural Resources developed symbols to create an identity for recycling, composting, and trash waste streams. These are symbols that the Agency hopes Vermont residents will be able to identify with as Universal Recycling of mandated recyclables and organics comes into effect. Businesses, haulers, facilities, and education organizations are encouraged to use these symbols in any place where waste bins are located. The projected use of these symbols state-wide will increase consistent labeling and waste systems for Vermonters.

View current Vermont State Landfill Bans. A flyer listing the materials that are banned from landfill disposal by the State of Vermont. Click here.

Please note the new contact information:

New phone numbers: click here

For more information, contact:

Mia Roethlein, Environmental Analyst IV


Call (802) 828.1138
Waste Management & Prevention Division, Solid Waste Program
1 National Life Drive - Davis 1, Montpelier, VT  05620-3704


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