Learn more about Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency's new organics recovery initiative: Connecting Our Community Through Composting at www.ucrra.org
The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency's mission is to provide an efficient, economical and environmentally sound solid waste management system in and for the County of Ulster. The Agency strives to carry out the principles of New York's solid waste hierarchy in its work, emphasizing reuse of materials, reduction of solid waste, and the carrying out of an effective and user friendly recycling program, with landfill disposal of solid waste that cannot be reused, recycled or composted. The Agency also holds Household Hazardous Waste, Pharmaceutical Waste and Electronics recycling events for the residents of the County. Municipal Recycling Drop-off Centers (MRDCs) for disposal of solid waste and recycling developed by the Agency offer County residents a convenient alternative to private collection contracts. The Agency routinely negotiates contracts with area solid waste collection firms for disposal of solid waste at its two conveniently placed transfer stations located in Kingston and New Paltz, and long hauls through private contractors the processed waste to permitted landfills in New York State.
In 1986, the Ulster County Legislature obtained authorization from the State Legislature for the creation of the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency (the "Agency"), a public benefit corporation which was formed for the purpose of developing, financing, and implementing a comprehensive Countywide solid waste management program. In the mid-1980's, after new initiatives to close non-complying existing landfills were undertaken by the NYSDEC and strict requirements for the siting, construction, and operation of new disposal facilities were enacted, many communities found it beyond their financial and managerial capability to continue to dispose of waste in traditional ways. Consequently, many of the local municipalities in Ulster County requested that the Ulster County government assumed the responsibility for solid waste management, and the Agency was created by the New York State Legislature pursuant to Chapter 936 of the Public Authorities Law approved December of 1986. The Agency's organizational structure consists of a five-member Board of Directors; an Executive Director; Agency Counsel; a seven-member management team; forty administrative and operations personnel; and engineering consultants on an as needed basis.
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