Students Celebrate Earth Day At On-Campus Carnival

The SUNY New Paltz Recycling Club put on its third annual Earth Day Carnival on the Student Union Concourse on Wednesday, April 25.

“Each year, millions of pounds of recyclables are thrown away and sit in a landfill for a lifetime while they can be recycled and turned into new products,” Kelly Drummond of the Recycling Club said.

The carnival consisted of a variety of game booths with the goal of informing people of ways to reuse much of what they may consider to be garbage.

“We [had] many different game booths including a water bottle ring toss, biodegradable breakdown and trivia game,” Drummond said.

On top of game booths, the carnival offered free popcorn, cotton candy and refreshments. Different organizations and clubs ran each of the booths. A clothing swap was provided for those that wished to give away unwanted clothing and anyone was then free to take whatever they like from the table. Arts and crafts were done through the use of recyclable material such as through the use of old CD cases and plastic bottles.

The event was originally going to be held on Monday, April 23 but was preemptively postponed due to bad weather.