Waste not, Want Not : Vermont’s New Recycling Bill and the Committed Women Who Made it Happen

Jen Holliday

Solid waste may not sound like a women’s issue to you, but when Vermont’s H.485 was signed into law early in June, the number of women standing behind Gov. Peter Shumlin as he signed the bill was notable. Many had been involved in the long legislative process that led to this first-in-the-nation legislation to ban organic waste—meaning biodegradable waste from animals or plants—in landfills completely by 2020.


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