New Ban Rules
Food Scrap Ban: As of July 1, 2020, food waste will be banned from disposal in landfills. Residents, institutions, businesses and schools should divert their food waste by contracting with their haulers, bringing food to their transfer stations, composting, working with a farmer who feeds food scraps to domestic animals, donating to food banks and/or reducing the amount purchased to avoid wasting food. Haulers are required to offer collection for businesses, schools, institutions, and apartments of four units or more so contact your hauler for assistance. More information can be found here: https://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/solid/materials-mgmt/organic-materials or at the Food/Organics page on our website at: https://www.bcswavt.org/programs-and-projects/organics/
Single Use Plastics Ban: After July 1, 2020, stores and food service establishments will no longer provide plastic carryout bags at check-out. Plastic bags will be allowed in stores and food service establishments for containing certain materials (e.g., fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, hardware items, frozen foods, meat, fish, prescription medications) or for laundry, dry cleaning, and other large garments. Stores and food service establishments may provide paper carryout bags at check-out, for a minimum of $0.10 each. Paper bags will be allowed in stores and food service establishments for packaging loose items within a store, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, grains, bakery goods, candy, greeting cards, or small hardware items.
After July 1, 2020, food service establishments will no longer offer plastic straws to customers, though they may provide straws made from alternative materials or if a customer requests a straw. Plastic stirrers are also banned though stirrers made of alternative materials can be provided.
After July 1, 2020, stores and food service establishments will no longer provide or sell food or beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene including plates and cups, trays, egg cartons, and take-out containers. Expanded polystyrene is still allowed for trays used to package uncooked meat, fish, poultry, or seafood, products packaged out-of-state or packaged for sale out-of-state. More information can be found here: https://dec.vermont.gov/content/single-use-products-law