UCRRA Tour and Earth Day Carnival!

Wednesday April 25th was an exciting day for Recycling Club. We started out by taking a tour of the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency (UCRRA) and later on had our biggest event of the semester–the Earth Day Carnival!


UCRRA is both a recycling facility and a transfer station. This means that some materials are recycled on site while others are transported to a landfill or another recycling facility. Once the trash arrives at UCRRA it is put back on a truck and travels 25o miles to the nearest landfill! That’s a long distance for something to be put in a landfill and the UCRRA can have anywhere from 9 to 15 trucks of trash a day depending on the time of year. The other component of transporting is single-stream recycling. This type of recycling combines all recycling (paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, etc.) into one receptacle. There are both benefits and consequences to this type of recycling; one positive outcome is the recycling rates usually rise after single-stream is introduced but a negative outcome is people sometimes throw trash into the bin which contaminates the entire bin and none of the contents can be recycled. The UCRRA does not have the capabilities to process single-stream recycling so is it shipped off to the Albany recycling facility.


The sorting process at UCRRA is fascinating. The commingle recyclables come through on a conveyor belt and are first inspected to make sure all of the items are actually recyclable. Then there is a large magnet which attracts the steel cans and places them in a separate bin. The recyclables continue on to be sorted by their plastic number so there is a bin for each number 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7. These are sorted by workers at UCRRA and finally the aluminum cans are actually repelled by a large magnet into their own bin. After everything is sorted into their proper bin the contents are condensed into large bails which can then be easily transported. The bails all look about the same size but actually weigh out very different. A bail of cardboard weighs about 1400 pounds, plastics are about 1200 pounds a bail, aluminum weighs around 900 pounds a bail and steel weighs about 1200 pounds per bail! The bails are sorted by their contents are then are shipped once they have a full truckload to a facility that re-purposes the goods.


Along the way we learned some fun facts such as:

  • Most of the recycling comes from commercial facilities, not residential, and this includes hospitals, schools, and office buildings.
  • 159 tons of trash a year are travel through UCRRA.
  • 73.911 tons of recycling are processed each year by UCRRA.
  • This creates a rate of about 32% of waste is recycled.


Later on that day, Recycling Club hosted its 3rd Annual Earth Day Carnival! The carnival featured games such as biodegradable breakdown, Plinko, Recycling Never Have I ever, and a trivia game. We also had a few activity booths where people could get their face painted, plant a flower or vegetable, get their nails painted, or make a craft out of recycled materials. The materials for the craft table came from old cds and magazine paper which combined to make beautiful window decorations and jewelry. Some of the prizes we raffled off were t-shirts, pencil pouches made from Kool-Aid drink pouches, a Burt’s Bees Kit, tote bags, a Brita filter, a gift card to Moxie Cupcake and more! Our grand prize was a bicycle.


The carnival was a success and thank you to all who helped or came out to play the games!

To see pictures from this event go and like “New Paltz Recycles” or follow this link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150689211532750.395038.195052437749&type=1



Earth Day Carnival 2012

Tomorrow is the 3rd Annual Earth Day Carnival! We unfortunately had to push the event back a couple days because of the inclement weather but the event is happening tomorrow!


The carnival is from 5pm to 7pm on the Student Union Concourse (or if the weather is still rainy and windy SU 62/63). There will be fun games, free food, and great prizes! The event is FREE so come by and play some games and bring your friends!


I’m sure this year’s Earth Day Carnival will be the best one yet and YOU CAN WIN A BIKE!


See you there!



Week 8 & Final Recycling Rates for RecycleMania 2012!

Hello fellow green thinkers,


This year has been the most exciting RecycleMania competition SUNY New Paltz has ever participated in! The recycling rates were double what they were last year! Each residence hall held programs inspired by the tournament and really helped to make RecycleMania such a success this year. I want to thank everyone who participated, recycled, and encouraged others to recycle. Each person contributes to RecycleMania by recycling even one plastic bottle and the numbers from this year really show how much recycling is recognized on the SUNY New Paltz campus.


SUNY New Paltz recycled 45,268.7 pounds of material during the 2012 RecycleMania Tournament!!


Week 8 Recycling Rates for All Residence Halls:

1st place: Scudder Hall with 2.96*

2nd place: Bevier Hall with 2.76*

3rd place: Lenape Hall with 2.73*

4th place: Capen Hall with 2.63*

5th place: DuBois Hall with 2.61*

6th place: College/Shango Hall with 2.55*

7th place: Esopus Hall with 2.45*

8th place: Deyo Hall with 2.25*

9th place: Bliss Hall with 2.12*

10th place: Gage Hall with 2.07*

11th place: Bouton Hall with 2.06*

12th place: LeFevre Hall with 1.90*

13th place: Crispell Hall with 1.76*



1st place: Scudder Hall with 2.94*

2nd place: Lenape Hall with 2.56*

3rd place: College/ Shango Hall with 2.41*

4th place: Capen Hall with 2.29*

5th place: Bevier Hall with 2.25*

6th place: Esopus Hall with 2.21*

7th place: DuBois Hall with 2.20*

8th place: Bliss Hall with 2.11*

9th place: LeFevre Hall with 1.93*

10th place: Deyo Hall with 1.90*

11th place: Bouton Hall with 1.78*

12th place: Crispell Hall with 1.77*

13th place: Gage Hall with 1.75*

*=pounds per person


EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: Recycling Club will once again be having the Earth Day Carnival! The carnival will take place on April 23rd from 5pm to 7pm on the Student Union Concourse. There will be fun games, popcorn, cotton candy, and great prizes and IT’S ALL FREE! So invite your friends and come celebrate the Earth with us!

Here is the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/209735612463669/

And don’t forget to like the “New Paltz Recycles” fan page for more updates!