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A comprehensive Zero-Waste Plan addresses the actions local consumers, businesses, and government can take to reduce the impact of pre-stream, mid-stream and downstream wastes created at the local level through more aggressive reuse and conservation measures. To be a truly environmentally friendly and sustainable community, it is necessary to develop a Zero Waste action plan that encompasses all aspects of community, business and government functions. To have truly successful program, every community member needs to participate and take on responsibilities. The community as a whole will then reap the environmental, economic and social benefits of living a sustainable lifestyle.
The Town of New Paltz is one of twenty-four municipalities in Ulster County (20 towns, 3 villages and one city) located off of exit 18 on the NYS Thruway. In 2008, the Town hired a recycling coordinator to create programs and oversee operations at the recycing center. The center is now home to a nationally recognized ReUse Center, has a registered commerical food waste composting facility and is expanding to become of model for sustainability.