During move-in/move-out, University Housing partners 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 participates in a “swap shop” in which they bring items that they no longer want (i.e. clothes, appliances, books, and hygiene products) to a common space. Interested students can take anything left behind by others. The CARE Center collects the remaining items and donates them to MUST Ministries. As a result of the Swap Shop, CARE keeps reusable items out of the landfill and donates goods to students and others in need.
During move-in, University Housing provides cardboard recycling at all residence halls. Volunteers staff the dumpsters to break down cardboard boxes and prevent contamination.Thanks to these efforts, in 2016 we recycled 4,500 pounds of cardboard which otherwise would have ended up in the landfill.
Assignments for 2017 volunteers assisting with cardboard recycling can be found here.
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?