Supervisor Susan Zimet said opening the center showed a lot of commitment on the community’s part. “This is living proof of New Paltz’s dedication to sustainability. This is it — right here, right now,” the supervisor said.
The ReUse Center has already been a sort of unexpected boon for the town. Department heads have used the center like a department store, scavenging for useful items they would have otherwise had to purchase brand-new with taxpayer money. For instance, the New Paltz Police Department recently took three bookcases from Clearwater Road to use at the station, Zimet said.
“If that’s not a change in thought process or a change in how we do business on a government level, I don’t know what is,” she added. “This building’s amazing. What’s in here’s amazing.”
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New Paltz opens its town reuse building
NEW PALTZ – The New Paltz Town ReUse building was officially opened for business on Wednesday, providing a one-stop location for the municipality to collect recyclables and offer them for reuse.
Town Recycling Coordinator Laura Petit said the town has a good track record of reuse with a wide variety of items.
“We get materials in like leftover shingles, we’ll get left over insulation, a lot of art supplies and if there are any local businesses that are relocating or if it is an item that is obsolete or isn’t quite in with the new spring or fall color scheme, then we get those materials donated to us as well,” she said.
The town project is subsidized by the State DEC, Petit said.
The town has dropped its waste stream by 15 percent between 2011 and 2010 and would like to drop it by another 25 percent. The town, as a zero waste community, would like to get its EPA zero waste initiative up to 95 per its waste diversion and recycling.
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