Resolution No. 381

Declaring Intent To Act As Lead Agency Under SEQRA For Review Of The Zero Waste Implementation Plan

Resolution Information

Defeated in Committee



Referred to: The Energy and Environment Committee (Chairwoman Greene and Legislators Bruno, Criswell, Petit, and Wawro)


Legislator Laura Petit offers the following:


WHEREAS, Ulster County presently generates more than 250,000 tons of municipal solid waste annually of which over 130,000 of municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris is managed directed by the Resource Recovery Agency; and


WHEREAS, the municipal solid waste from Ulster County is trucked to the Seneca Meadows landfill in Waterloo, NY, a distance of approximately 236 miles, for disposal; and


WHEREAS, the transport of Ulster County’s municipal solid waste and its disposal there carries substantial adverse environmental impacts, including carbon loading contributing to climate change; and


WHEREAS, the Ulster County Legislature and the public have clearly stated their desire to reduce the impacts of the County’s disposal of municipal solid waste by diverting, reusing and recycling, and thereby reducing the amount of waste generated, and improving the County’s disposal of it; and


WHEREAS, Ulster County must consider new methods of diverting, reducing and recycling solid waste prior to disposal, as well as new methods of disposal of municipal solid waste, due to uncertainty of the continued availability of disposal at Seneca Meadows and other landfills; and


WHEREAS, a plan to divert and reduce solid waste is a fundamental component of solid waste management; and


WHEREAS, as stated by the US Conference of Mayors the concept of zero waste goes beyond recycling and composting at the end of a product's life cycle, to encompass the entire life cycle of a product, beginning with product design, and envisioning the use and management of materials in ways that preserve value, minimize environmental impacts, and conserve natural resources; and


WHEREAS, materials management through zero waste can reduce the fiscal burden of waste management and improve the quality of the environment; and






WHEREAS, the Ulster County proposes to adopt and implement a Zero Waste Implementation Plan to guide the reduction and diversion of solid waste generated in the county; and


WHEREAS, municipal actions subject to review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act; now, therefore be it


RESOLVED, that the Ulster County Legislature will prepare an Environmental Assessment Form and circulate a notice of intent to be lead agency pursuant to 6 NYCRR § 617.6 to the other involved and interested agencies in the development and approval of the Ulster County Zero Waste Implementation Plan,


and move its adoption.





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Passed Committee: Energy and Environment on ______________.





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Updated: December 21, 2020

Votes on this Resolution

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Mon, Nov 2, 2020 2020-2021 Term: Energy and Environment Committee
Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 381