Story by Luke Segota
Residents of Warwick were invited to celebrate Earth Day on Sun., Apr. 22 at Stanley-Deming Park with two unique events. The “Too Good To Toss” event organizers accepted donations on Sat., Apr. 21 of items that the donors no longer need but were still usable. Members of Sustainable Warwick, who organized the “Too Good to Toss” event, were on hand to accept the items. Many stood in long lines on Sun., Apr. 22 to shop for free. Visitors could take whatever they needed as old became new and trash became treasures.
Also visible in the park was the third annual “Treecycle” exhibit. The INC (Interactive Noise Collective), comprised of Dayna Christison, Rebecca Pry and Ava Burgos, created a forest of trees made from recycled items. The INC, working with Wickham Works, also invited students from the Warwick Valley Central School District to participate in creating art for the forest. Local businesses were granted the opportunity to sponsor a tree made for this event, showing their support for Earth Day.
Wickham Works efforts are designed to teach sustainability and reusability, the fundamentals of sustaining a cycle of not wasting, always recycling and reusing when necessary.
Melissa Shaw-Smith, of Wickham Works, visited the classrooms at Sanfordville Elementary School and showed the students that recycling and reusing are extremely beneficial for sustaining a clean environment.
The students put together a sign from plastic shopping bags with the acronym “BYOB,” which stands for “Bring Your Own Bag.” The BYOB initiative aims to do away with plastic shopping bags and encourage the use of reusable bags as a responsible alternative.