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Each time you recycle your bottles, cans, paper, and plastics, you are helping to preserve natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and decrease energy use. While our individual efforts might not seem like much, our actions together have a considerable impact on our environment and economy. Recycling also creates Vermont jobs and adds value to discarded materials.

In 2011, Vermont diverted 35% of the materials disposed.  Materials can be diverted by recycling, composting, and reuse programs. Of the 413,517 tons of material that was disposed of in 2011, 218,567 tons were diverted. Recycling efforts are responsible for a large majority of this diversion.   



Want more information about how much Vermont recycles?

Review years of data in the Diversion & Disposal Reports.

How to Recycle

Vermont has several solid waste management entities that are responsible to maintain recycling services in their district. Vermont's new recycling law, Universal Recycling (Act 148), will provide for more consistent services among all the solid waste districts.

Contact your local solid waste district to find out more about local recycling resources, services, and practices.

Universal Recycling requires listed recyclables to be diverted away from the landfill and to recycling efforts by July 1, 2015. These listed recyclables included aluminum and steel cans, aluminum foil and pie pans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and jugs (PET and HDPE), corrugated cardboard, white and mixed paper, newspaper, magazines, catalogues, paper mail, envelopes, box board, and paper bags. Universal Recycling also bans leaf and yard debris from landfill disposal in 2016, and food scraps by 2020. Learn more about Universal Recycling here.

Find out more about recycling by reviewing our Universal Recycling resources.

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Green Up Vermont

Green Up Day is held every first Saturday in May in Vermont. Green Up Vermont hosts an annual Green Up Poster and Writing contest for teachers and students.

Universal Recycling Resources

a comprehensive list of universal recycling resources for composting and organics management, food waste prevention, recycling, reuse, and waste prevention.

Small Business Compliance Assistance Program

Free and comprehensive environmental assistance program from DEC's Environmental Assistance Office.

Municipal Compliance Assistance Program

Resource for municipalities to help identify and understand state and federal environmental regulations with which they must comply. MCAP is operated independently from DEC's regulatory programs. Assistance services are confidential and provided at no cost to the municipality.

Tips for Selecting Recycling Services (PDF)

Small Business Recycling (PDF)



Department of Environmental Conservation

Waste Management & Prevention Division, Solid Waste Program

1 National Life Drive, Davis 1, Montpelier, VT 05620-3704

(802) 828-1138



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