In the summer of 2016, University Housing partnered with Residence Life, the CARE Center, Volunteer KSU, and the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability to host two successful recycling events.
Students moving out in July participated in a “swap shop” in which they brought items that they no longer wanted (i.e. clothes, appliances, books, and hygiene products) to a common space. Interested students could take anything left behind by others. The CARE Center collected the remaining items and donated them to MUST Ministries. As a result of the Swap Shop, CARE kept reusable items out of the landfill and donated goods to students and others in need.
During move-in, University Housing provided cardboard recycling at all residence halls. Volunteers staffed the dumpsters to break down cardboard boxes and prevent contamination. Thanks to these efforts, we recycled 4,500 pounds of cardboard which otherwise would have ended up in the landfill.
Sustainability Fun Facts...
- In 2013, the U.S. generated over 15 million tons of textile waste, much of this in the form of used clothing. Rather than being thrown away, these clothes can be repurposed, donated, or worn again. You can reduce clothing waste by shopping for used contemporary or vintage items, participating in a clothing swap with friends, and limiting your purchase of disposable goods.
- Rather than throwing furniture, appliances, or electronics in the trash, donate them to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and other similar groups. Make these stores your first stop when purchasing "new to you" items for your home, apartment, or dorm.
- According to the EPA, cardboard is one of the easiest materials to recycle, due in part to a ready market to buy and reuse this material. Recycling cardboard can reduce waste disposal costs, creating immediate financial savings.
What steps can you take to, first, reduce waste generated and, second, recycle?