MONTPELIER, VT. (March 2, 12:50 p.m. ET) — The Vermont House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to a bill that would ban certain recyclable materials from landfills.
House Bill 485 would ban batteries from landfills immediately, recyclable materials including plastic and glass containers, cardboard, paper and other products by July 1, 2015, yard waste by July 1, 2016, and all organic materials by July 1, 2020.
The House unanimously approved the measure on a preliminary basis with a voice vote on March 1. A final vote is expected soon, and then the bill heads to the state Senate, the Burlington Free Press reported.
“We're running out of space to put our waste,” said Rep. Tim Jerman, D-Essex, according to the newspaper. “We're down to only two operating landfills, in Coventry and Moretown, and Moretown is nearing capacity, possibly in 18 months' time.”
Private haulers would not be allowed to charge extra for handling recycling materials under the bill and anyone putting a garbage can for public use would have to also put out a receptacle for recycled materials, the newspaper reported.