100 Ideas for New Paltz

3. require curbside compost collection

Posted in agriculture, environment, garbage, increasing revenue/lowering taxes by Jason West on June 12, 2009

Require local waste hauling companies to collect compost as well as garbage and recycling.

From the San Francisco Department of the Environment:

“San Francisco has created the first large scale urban collection of food scraps for composting in the country. Today, hundreds of thousands of residents and over 3,000 restaurants and other businesses send over 400 tons of food scraps and other compostable material each day to Recology’s Jepson-Prairie composting facility, shown above. Food scraps, plant trimmings, soiled paper, and other compostables are turned into a nutrient-rich soil amendment, or compost, that is used to produce the organic food and wine that San Francisco is famous for serving.”


10. municipal garbage collection

Posted in garbage, infrastructure, lowering the cost of living, public health by Jason West on June 12, 2009

Create a Garbage District, buy some garbage trucks and have the DPW pick up trash on all Village streets, reducing residents’ garbage bills by up to a third.