Recycling Webinars


The Ulster County Resource & Recovery Agency Recycling Outreach Team is launching a series of FREE classes to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of single use plastics, and all the ways that we can rethink waste to prevent pollution! We join the growing community concerned about the effects of plastic on wildlife, human health, our communities, our climate, and our watershed. Each week in July we will be hosting webinars and panel discussions with local leaders. Class size is limited and participants must pre-register to reserve their seat in our virtual classroom! Check out our list of classes below!

Understanding the Waste-Climate Connection JULY 7 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Ever wonder where plastic comes from, how it’s made, and what happens once it’s thrown away? This class will explain how our waste contributes to environmental pollution. Our educators will share practical tips, skills, habits, and ideas on how to say no to unnecessary waste and simplify your life to be plastic-free!


Reduce, Reuse, Refill, Rethink! JULY 13 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

With Guest Speaker Alex Bolotow, Woodstock Bring Your Own Store

We can drastically reduce the amount of single-use disposable plastics in our lives: at home or at work, at school, and on-the-go – and it all starts with rethinking our shopping habits! There are plastic alternatives to almost all of the common items we buy, consume, and discard. Learn how to become a climate smart shopper, save money, and reduce your waste by developing new habits, rethinking consumption, and using individual choices to affect systemic change.


Up-cycling Art for Kids! JULY 14 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM *In Person* at Ulster Landing County Park – Robert E. Post Pavilion - Rain or Shine! Upcycling is a fun way to reduce waste by reimagining unwanted items and turning them into other useful items or works of art! Participants will learn about the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans and wildlife, and will create works of upcycled art (sea creatures) out of plastic! All craft materials will be provided. Parental supervision is necessary. Class size is limited. This FREE hands on class is for youth ages 6-13. We encourage families to pack a zero-waste lunch to enjoy after the class!


Business Leadership Summit JULY 21 @ 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

It’s estimated that 46% of New York’s municipal solid waste comes from the commercial sector. Businesses play an important role in reducing the waste stream, especially with concern to plastic food service containers and packaging. In this class, our educators will help business managers learn about case studies and practical tips to become green leaders and eliminate unnecessary waste!


Small Plastics, Big Impact: How Plastics Are Impacting Our Local Waterways JULY 26 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

With Guest Speakers Jen Benson, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Riverkeeper and Andrea Varga, Associate Professor of Design/Sustainability at School of Fine & Performing Arts, SUNY New Paltz It’s estimated that every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the world’s oceans! Researchers believe that much of this plastic pollution comes from litter in our environment. Emerging science also shows that microplastics and microfibers from our clothing are contributing to marine plastic and water pollution. Join our panel discussion about the cause and effects of plastic pollution on our local water systems and what we can do to protect our rivers, streams, and water systems from plastic pollution.


Reuse It, Re-gift It, Repair It! JULY 28 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM With Guest Speakers Elizabeth Knight, Co-Author of the book Repair Revolution, Kevin Treutler, Habitat for Humanity, Supervisor Neil Bettez, Town of New Paltz, and Christine Hein, Executive Director, Peoples Place

What’s the most eco-friendly way to deal with broken or unwanted items when not everything can be recycled? What items can be donated in the local community? What items can easily be repaired or refurbished and how do these practices contribute to pollution prevention? Learn about the environmental and social impacts of extending the useful lifecycle of materials through reuse and repair!


The UCRRA ZERO WASTE SEMINAR PROJECT is a community engagement project by the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency, celebrating Plastic Free July and the many ways we can prevent pollution from our waste. We are proud to be one of eleven recipients in the Community Grants Program!LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PROJECTThe New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Environmental Protection Fund and led by the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Funding provided by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Any opinions, findings, and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State.

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