Today, two new laws requiring Vermonters to reduce their plastic and food waste take effect. Is what’s good for the environment also good for the people living in it?
"Starting Wednesday, food and service establishments will no longer be giving out plastic carryout bags. Exceptions include loose items in a store like meat, flowers, or nuts and coffee. Shoppers will have to bring a reusable bag or pay 10 cents for a paper bag. The law goes beyond the checkout line. Plastic straws will now be by request, plastic stirrers will be replaced with a stirrer of a different material and stores will no longer be offering polystyrene as an option for egg cartons or trays. Vermonters must now also throw their food scraps in the compost instead of the trash. State leaders say keeping food scraps out of the trash saves landfill space and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.”
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