Composting is not just helpful for gardeners; it’s also a way to keep material out of landfills. However, apartment dwellers don’t usually have access to any way to do it, meaning that all their food waste gets locked in stasis and never rejoins the natural cycle of decomposition that is necessary for life. Joanna Dempsey is interested in building a three-part composting bin at the Town of New Paltz’s Community Center, which would be useful for residents of Village Arms and Huguenot Square and could serve as a model for others around the community. Money would be raised privately and volunteers would turn the compost as needed. While all organic matter can be composted, including meat, only vegetation will be accepted at this site out of concern that it could attract animals. The composting done at the New Paltz Reuse Center does include meat, but the idea here is to place bins somewhere accessible to people in the village core.
Town council members all expressed a lot of enthusiasm and encouraged Dempsey to continue developing the idea.