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New Vt. law could foil yearly Green Up

MONTPELIER — A new Vermont law requiring the separation of recyclables from garbage could in the future complicate the state’s annual Green Up Day.

Starting July 1, solid waste must be sorted with recyclables separated from nonrecyclables.

It is unclear who, if anyone, would be responsible for separating the two during future Green Up days, The Caledonian Record reported. The 2015 event took place Saturday.

Green Up Day volunteers in Lyndon bring their bags to the Municipal Building where they are emptied into a dumpster. Everything in the container is then taken to a landfill, with no sorting ever done.

Justin Smith, Lyndon’s municipal administrator, said he does not know what is going to happen with the new law.

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‘‘That’s the problem. Nobody knows who the trash police are under the new law,’’ he said.

In Burke, Green Up Day trash has always been brought to the town’s recycling facility, then transported to a landfill. When reporters from The Record asked how the town’s Green Up Day officials plan to handle litter sorting next year, Priscilla Aldrich, Burke’s town clerk, replied: ‘‘That’s a good question.’’

Volunteers generally gather bags of litter and drop them off at designated areas to be taken to a landfill. A waste management official said it would be nearly impossible to get volunteers to separate the trash, but it might be irrelevant, because recyclables collected alongside roads are usually too wet and dirty for recycling.