Materials Management, Terry Laibach, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation


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From a workshop at "Farms & Food: Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up," July 2014, Hyde Park, NY, for more information,

"Recycling and Composting at Your School or Site." Recycling is now mandatory throughout New York State; composting food scraps is on the radar for the not-too-distant future. Get the scoop on how to convince colleagues to set a good example and learn how "walking-the-talk" can help prepare students for a future in which natural resource conservation will be increasingly critical. Terry Laibach, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and Anne Jaffe-Holmes, Greenburgh Nature Center

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Materials Management, Terry Laibach, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

  1. 1. Materials Management Planning in NYS Teaching the Hudson Valley Workshop Hyde Park, NY July 29 - 31, 2014
  2. 2. Presentation Goals  Brief history of how we got to where we are and why this topic is crucial.  Laws/policy which apply to schools now for recycling and potentially composting in the future.  Assistance opportunities to create or expand recycling and composting programs.  And hopefully relaying all this without making you drowsy.
  3. 3. In the beginning . . . Garbage was a health issue - Mid-1800s / industrialization + immigration = Cholera “Sanitary Waste” became a culture issue in the 1930s with introduction of motorized transport - 1950s - convenience / obsolescence 1970s – Earth Day, federal rules, Love Canal 1987 – New York turns a significant corner . . .
  4. 4. The (in)famous Garbage Barge
  5. 5. Regulatory Drivers  Solid Waste Management Act of 1988  (mandates statewide recycling)  State Solid Waste Management Plan  (now Beyond Waste)  Part 360 Solid Waste Facility Regulations  (Part 360 currently undergoing revision.)
  6. 6. Solid Waste Management Act of 1988  Creation of local recycling laws, solid waste authorities, education (BWRR) & grant $$  Executive Order 142 (must recycle) Executive Order 4 (sustainability)  State Education Department must comply with EO’s – schools/institutions must comply with local recycling laws.
  7. 7. Beyond Waste Plan  0.6 lbs of garbage per person by 2030  Organics diversion key driver  Product Stewardship key driver  Local 10-year plans must reflect actions to achieve state goals  Yeah, it’s ambitious but we can do it!
  8. 8. Part 360 Regulations  Compliments the Beyond Waste Plan  Being updated to address/support more recycling infrastructure (e-waste)  New technologies (biomass, AD)  Out for public comment at the end of 2014  Regulations on line at
  9. 9. Key Diversion Drivers Organics:  NYSAR3 Organics Council (policy)  NYC initiatives (voluntary)  Surrounding state bans on food scraps to landfill Product Stewardship: (NYPSC) e-waste, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, plastic bag recycling. Expect to see latex paint added in the near future.
  10. 10. Hurdles (beyond no staff, no $$$)  Lack of infrastructure  NIMBYism  Cheap landfill costs  Connecting dots (food / textiles donation)  Misinformation (single stream / textiles)  Culture of Convenience
  11. 11. What is currently going on?  Rock & Wrap it Up  NYSAR3 Textiles Campaign  School Apps (Harvard’s EcoMOBILE)  Hudson Valley Regional Council Initiatives  Storm debris management guidance  Food Rescue  School Recyclables Hauling Contract Template
  12. 12. Help for schools moving forward  Grant opportunities for capital costs  School contests/challenges  Educational publications you can download  How to guides on creating/expanding programs  Case studies  Recycling outside the Blue Box
  13. 13. Thank you! Terry Laibach NYSDEC Region 3 21 South Putt Corners Rd. New Paltz, NY 12561 845-256-3141