Vermont hopes bin images will simplify separation

Vermont hopes bin images will simplify separation

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Nov. 20, 2013

In preparation for a 2015 state recycling law, Vermont has released three universal recycling symbols to help residents reduce waste and increase recycling and composting.

Officials at Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), which unveiled the three symbols on Nov. 13, are hoping the images can allow residents to quickly understand which materials go in which bins at businesses, schools and other public spaces across the state. The "chasing arrows" with a blue background represents recycling. An apple core in front of green is the sign for composting. And a trash can on black will denote garbage.

ANR solid waste program manager Cathy Jamieson stressed the importance of the symbols in boosting Vermont's recycling and composting activity. "The goal is to create consistency statewide to encourage recycling, composting and waste reduction. With universal messaging, Vermont’s communities will find waste management increasingly accessible and approachable."

The introduction of the symbols is significant as Vermont nears an ambitious state recycling law, Act 148, which aims to double recycling and composting rates. In 2015, the law will go into effect, requiring recycling of a mandated set of materials. Five years later, by 2020, food scraps will be banned from landfills. The law is expected to raise recycling and composting rates from around 30 percent, their current rate, to 60 percent.

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