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Sorting Through Vermont's Universal Recycling Law

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A truck full of recyclables unloads at a transfer station in Montpelier. Starting July 1, recyclables will be banned from landfills.

For many, sorting trash from recyclables and compost comes down to personal preference. With the unanimous 2012 passing of Act 148, or the Universal Recycling Law, this practice is becoming mandatory. The second phase of the eight-year plan to reduce materials sent to landfills goes into effect July 1, and instates compulsory recycling statewide.

We talk to Josh Kelly, materials management section chief at Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources, and Michele Morris, business outreach director at Chittenden Solid Waste District, about Act 148 and the disposal changes you should prepare for starting July 1. We also talk to Pat Austin, president of Austins Rubbish and Roll-off Service, about how implementing this act differs regionally.

Broadcast live on Monday, June 29, 2015, at noon; rebroadcast 7 p.m.