Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Special Thank You to Our Volunteers!

The Town of New Paltz ReUse and Recycling Center has been recognized several times by the EPA for its composting and reuse programs. It was also one of the first in Ulster County, New York to begin holding textile collections in partnership with the NYSDEC and local solid waste authority beginning 2014. This event was attended by NYSDEC Region Director, Martin Brand on April 25, 2015, in recognition of the ReClothe NY textile recycling campaign.
From August 2nd through 6th, 2016, New Paltz had a booth at the annual Ulster County Fair where volunteers offered information and ideas for repurposing material. An unofficial record setting 50,591 visitors attended the Fair. Over 150 children's books with blank pages for their own illustration and authoring were distributed as volunteers explained that this material would have been thrown in a recycling bin. (Recycling is not number one on the NYSDEC hierarchy and would have created 900 pounds of CO2 emissions for each roll-off container load sent out for recycling.) Instead, new and gently used materials are diverted to encourage reuse and modified consumerism to keep everything local AND out of landfills.

All of these programs have been a success because of public support and the amazing volunteers that offer their time and experience. The perennial garden, the greenhouse, the ongoing clothing collections for more than ten charitable organizations and the evolving food recovery program all rely on our network of volunteers. Thank you to each and everyone of them!

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