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Compost Happens: Vt. Phases In Required Composting

This label is showing up more frequently alongside bins for recycling and trash.
Toby Talbot
A new logo for recycling is seen on a truck of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District. Vermont is mandating statewide recycling and composting, a law that will be phased-in by 2020.

Vermont's Universal Recycling Law sets an ambitious target: all materials that can be recycled or composted will be banned from landfills in 2020. To get there, the state is phasing in the law and taking the first big steps this summer.

On the next Vermont Edition we’ll look at what kind of infrastructure and requirements are necessary to get all Vermonters to compost their food scraps and yard debris, and we'll answer your questions about how to get started or expand your own compost efforts at home and at work. Our guests are Josh Kelly of the Agency of Natural Resources, and Maia Hansen of the Highfields Center for Composting. Highfields is sponsoring workshops online and around the state for Compost Awareness Week, more details here.

Also in the program, the season finale of our reading series Dorothy's List. VPR's Amy Noyes reports on Wonder by R.J. Palacio, which won this year's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, and she looks ahead at the titles that are nominated for next year's award.

Broadcast live on Mon., May 5, 2014 at noon; rebroadcast 7 p.m.

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