Vermont passes sweeping single-use plastics ban

On May 22, 2019, the Vermont legislature passed S.113, an act relating to the management of single-use products, according to an article in Resource Recycling. If signed into law by the Governor, the bill would ban "plastic bags, expanded polystyrene food service containers and plastic stir sticks," place a 10-cent charge on paper bags to be retained by the retailer, and create a working group to "explore ways to improve management of single-use products, including extended producer responsibility (EPR)." The ban would go into effect July 1, 2020.