Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Act 148
Help keep Vermont green and reduce waste with Act 148. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and
Solid Waste Management Entities (SWME’s) have been implementing the Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) for the past
four years, already banning recyclables from the landfill as of last year. This law will ultimately remove all organics from
landfills in Vermont, which will result in a drastic reduction of cost and our carbon footprint. The next stage in Act 148 is to
remove organic materials such as yard waste and food waste from the landfills. As a resident, this law means there will be
more opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint by separating compostables from trash.
By July 1 of this year, all current trash pick-up services must offer separate yard waste collection. While yard waste can
already be dropped off by residents at the Chittenden transfer station, check with the local trash hauler before leaving yard
waste at the curb.
By July 1st, 2017, trash haulers and transfer stations will collect food scraps separate from trash as well. As more haulers
and transfer stations accept organic materials, it will be accommodating for you to separate food waste from the trash. The
final step to implement Act 148 is to ban all food scraps from the landfill by July 1st of 2020.
Main goals of implementing Act 148 include reducing waste overall, other than just preventing it from reaching the landfill.
Residents have reduced their waste in large ways through meal planning and backyard composting. The food that goes bad
in the back of a fridge costs time and money to everyone, but keeping a schedule of what to cook for each day helps reduce
costs. Backyard composting will exempt residents from costs of food scrap collection. There will be a Master Composter
panel at the Rutland Free Library in the Fox room on Tuesday, June 21st from 7-8:30 PM to help with any questions about
For more information about Act 148: Universal Recycling law, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation’s web
site at http://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/solid/universal-recycling.
For resources on composting and transfer station materials accepted, contact the Solid Waste Alliance Communities
management: visit http://www.rutlandcountyswac.org/, or call (802) 342-5701.