Upcoming Events

SUNDAY April 19: NYPIRG’s Earth day celebration. Come and party for the planet! 

MONDAY April 20: Coffee Cup Demonstration near Humanities 

STARTING TUESDAY April 20: Paper Consumption Exhibit in the library 

WEDNESDAY April 22: Earth Day and Sustain 09′ Conference in LC 100

SATURDAY April 25: Rock Against Racism, check out the recycling club table and win prizes 

MAY: Reuse to Reduce

Field Trip!

Recycling Club took a trip to the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency 

Here are some photos from the trip!

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This large container holds separated plastics. Starting from the right side there are: aluminum cans, HDPE (milk jugs), colored plastics (like laundry detergent), then PETE plastic # 1 (water bottles). This entire container is filled about every three days. 

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The plastics are dumped onto this loading dock and then are lifted to the top of the garage 

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On the Eddie Turnbelt  the recyclables  are then hand sorted and throw into the appropriate bin. The most valuable item is HDPE plastic #2, like a milk jug container 

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The front of the photo is the plastics loading dock and behind it are all bales of cardboard and paper. The cardboard is put into a big compressing machine that can bale it up. Once baled all the recyclables are sold on the recycling market and then can be made into new things. 

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This picture can help you understand why it is important to take the tops off of your bottles before recycling them! Here is a pile of glass shards from broken down glass jars and stuff but look at all the tops mixed in! This mixture is separated by a laser machine at another site. 

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This machine grinds up glass products to texture as fine as……

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Sand! 

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Here is Shanya in front of a huge pile of recycled glass, which is just sand

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Recycling Club at the UCRRA