MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a new law calling for statewide mandatory recycling to be phased in in Vermont by 2020.
The first mandate would apply to large-volume generators of food waste, who would be required to recycle by 2014. Households would be required to recycle products like paper and plastic by 2015 and yard waste by 2016. All organic matter would be recycled by 2020.
Shumlin and lawmakers say it's the first major change in the state's solid waste law in 25 years, and is designed to address the fact that Vermont currently recycles only a bit more than a third of its waste. Backers of the legislation say that could be increased to two-thirds.
Meanwhile, the last two operating landfills in the state are filling up.
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