Providing an environmentally secure and sustainable future

New Paltz (Town and Village) was offered the opportunity to partner with EPA as one of thirteen municipalities nationally to create a Zero Waste Action Plan and EPA Road Map for other municipalities to follow. New Paltz was selected to partner with the US Environmental Protection Agency to develop a Zero Waste Action Plan.  At their December 2013 Meeting, the Town Board approved the Zero Waste document with Plan.

The mission of the New Paltz Municipal Recycling Drop-Off and ReUse Center is to create a sustainable standard of living by promoting local purchasing, creating green jobs and diverting usable materials out of the waste stream. Start up funding for the ReUse Center was received from the NYSDEC to implement a waste diversion program.

The New “Rs”: ReDuce, ReUse, RePurpose, ReCycle

Our goal is to reduce waste through an intense diversion process to remove reusable household and construction materials from the waste stream. This goal includes:

  • Outreach and education to promote smart shopping to help people avoid excessive and hard to recycle packaging.
  • Connect individuals wanting to discard goods with individuals looking to acquire those good.
  • Assist other communities to develop similar reuse programs.

The ReUse Center is open to the public 5 days a week for shopping. We can also provide DeConstruction Information as a green alternative to demolition and disposal.  We have information on computer reuse, and a demonstration area on site to learn about composting and edible plants.

Zero in on Zero Waste! Used materials are a local resource! 

Moving? Redecorating or renovating? Donate your gently used furniture and housewares (and clothes too) to the Salvation Army 61 N Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-9852, Good Will 1354 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 336-3303, or post on  and Free Stuff on Craig’s List.  The Reuse Center IS NOT currently accepting electronics.

- Find quality supplies for arts and crafts projects, housewares, home decor, building materials, and much more and at up to 90% off store prices. And there is lots of free stuff too. Inventory changes quickly and there are new items everyday.

- Join us at New Paltz ReUse and make a difference in your local community! We have many opportunities for volunteers to support our mission to enhance community, economy, and environment through ReUse. Whether you can commit to a few hours each week or one weekend a year, we can use your help! For more information stop by or email us [Contact]