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Recycling Law is Working — And More Work — In Vermont

For some towns, the state’s new recycling law has been a boon, while for others it has been a new and frustrating layer of bureaucracy.

“What I’m getting back in response is a pretty mixed bag, I’d say — no pun intended,” said Karen Horn, director of public policy and advocacy at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

Provisions of the law which took effect July 1 ban a wide range of recyclables from being sent to landfills. It requires curbside collection of recycling and mandates that towns adopt ordinances to set pricing based on weight or volume of trash.

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