Green Up Vermont tries new method to reduce plastic waste

Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 11:43 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Green Up Vermont on Monday unveiled its newest method of working toward eliminating single-use plastics.

The group dedicated the first of 33 water bottle filling stations that will be placed at high-use public places throughout the state.

The stations were funded by a grant from the Chittenden Solid Waste District and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources with the hope that with every use, the number of single-use plastic bottles found in the trash and on the streets will go down.

“The average person uses 156 plastic water bottles a year, so multiply that by the 625,000 residents of Vermont, that’s a whole lot of water bottles and a whole lot of carbon footprint that we could cut down on just by using the bottle filling stations,” said Kate Alberghini, the executive director of Green Up Vermont.

The first of the stations is located at the Lanpher Memorial Library in Hyde Park.

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