Vermont Senate considers relaxing food scrap mandate

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Senate is considering a bill that would ease some of the requirements of the state's universal recycling law, which is due to take full effect in 2020.

Under the law passed in 2012 waste haulers are required to pick up recycling, lawn clippings and food scraps. They are prevented from itemizing the costs of providing those services.

Craig Goodenough, owner of Goodenough Rubbish Removal in Brattleboro, says haulers are being forced into a business they didn't want to be in.

Vermont Public Radio reports that by 2020, individuals will be barred from disposing of food waste with their regular garbage.

A measure being considered in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee would eliminate a mandate that trash haulers pick up food scraps.