Green committee supports Village resolution for paper yard bags

July 19, 2016

Dear Tivoli Village Board,

For years, the Village of Tivoli Department of Public Works (DPW) has picked up Village residents’ grass clippings and leaves and taken them to be composted. If this material is contained in plastic bags the bags must be torn apart manually by DPW workers. The activity of breaking apart the plastic bags and extracting the organic material for composting takes a significant and substantial amount of time on the part of the DPW workers, at a cost to the taxpayers of the Village of Tivoli. Furthermore, the residue of torn plastic bags is not recyclable and must be gathered and sent to a landfill.

Therefore, the Tivoli Green Committee is in support of the resolution, effective July 1, 2016, that the Village of Tivoli DPW will no longer pick up yard waste in plastic bags. Instead, we encourage residents to buy appropriately sized compostable paper bags to contain their leaves and grass clippings. We also recommend that residents choose paper bags that consist of a significant portion of recycled paper.

The Tivoli Green Commitee Village applauds this step toward making Tivoli a greener and more sustainable community.

Mara Ranville

Chair, Tivoli Green Committee

Local CSA

Four Legs Farm
Germantown
(845) 616-9221
Fourlegsfarm.com
Meat.

Hearty Roots Community Farm
1830 Route 9, Germantown
(518) 537-3276
Heartyroots.com
Veg & Meat.

Good Fight Herb Company
Germantown
(646) 361-4619
Goodfightherbco.com
Medicinal Herbs.

Little Seed Gardens
#541 White Mills Road, Chatham
(518) 392-0063
Littleseedgardens.com
Veg & Beef.

Full Circus Farm
27 Mils Path, Pine Plains
(518) 789-0025
Fullcircusfarm.wordpress.com
Veg.

Great Song Farm
475 Milan Hill Road, Red Hook
(845) 758-1572
Greatsongfarm.com
Veg.

Greig Farm
223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
(845) 758-1234
Greigfarm.com
Fruit & Veg.

Paisley Farm (Upstate Farms)
Route 9, Tivoli
(845) 756-3803
Upstatefarmsny.com
Veg.

Primrose Hill School
23 Spring Brook Park, Rhinebeck
(845) 876-1226
Primrosehillschool.com
Veg & Fruit.

Sawkill Farm
7782 Albany Post Road, Red Hook
(845) 514-4562
Sawkillfarm.squarespace.com
Meat.

Shoving Leopard Farm
845 River Road, Barrytown
(845) 594-4292
Shovingleopardfarm.org
Flowers.

Starling Yards
81 Echo Valley Road, Red Hook
(646) 831-8311
starlingyards.com
Veg, Meat, Dairy, & Flowers. It’s a collective.

Links

Red Hook Trail Plan
http://redhooktrailplan.weebly.com/

Village of Tivoli Curbside Solid Waste & Recyclable Collection
http://www.tivoliny.org/pdf/GarbageRecycle2012.pdf

Dutchess Division of Solid Waste Management
http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/SolidWasteMgmt/SWindex.htm

Reimagining Highway Services for Red Hook and Tivoli
http://redhook.rondoutconsulting.com/home

Sustainable Hudson Valley
http://sustainhv.org/

How Red Hook became a tree town
http://sustainhv.org/resources/sustainable-communities-cookbook/and-and-waters-red-hook

Mid-Hudson Climate Smart Communities
The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program
http://www.midhudsoncsc.org/

Resources and Tools of the CSC program
http://www.midhudsoncsc.org/resources.html

Winnakkee Land Trust
http://www.winnakee.org/

Bard Office of Sustainability
http://www.bard.edu/bos/recycling/

Cornell Urban Horticultural Institute – tree inventory
http://www.hort.cornell.edu/uhi/commfor/index.htm