BRATTLEBORO, VT. >> Brattleboro officials say a sidewalk compost program that was started before the state's universal recycling law took effect is already saving the town money.

The state passed a universal recycling law in 2012 to divert solid waste away from landfills. Part of the law that bans the disposal of recyclables has already taken effect. In 2020, the law will be fully phased in.

Vermont Public Radio reports Brattleboro started its program in July. The town also started a pay-as-you-go trash system that requires households to pay for every bag they put out on the curb.

Town Manager Peter Elwell says if the town picks up trash every other week taxpayers would save about $100,000. He says it would take about one penny off the tax rate.

Information from: WVPS-FM,