Vanderbilt University ends academic year with push for recycling

When college students move out of their residence halls, they can generate a lot of waste. In addition to the normal things like linens, futons, small chairs, bedding, small drawer sets, mini-fridges, microwaves, lamps, books and clothing, there can be unusual items discarded as well.

“Last year, one suite donated an antique rocking horse,” said Amanda Dickes, Residential Education area coordinator.

“We also found a wooden scarecrow in one of the donation bins,” added Leslie Newsome, also an area coordinator.

From Saturday, May 2, through Saturday, May 9, the day after Commencement, students will have numerous opportunities to donate and recycle items they don’t want to keep:

•    Decorations, clothing, small operational electronic appliances and other small items will be collected in the lobbies of the residence halls by Move Out partners Dismas House, ARC of Nashville, ThriftSmart and Mending Hearts. These nonprofit organizations will sell the items to raise money.

•    Furniture and other large items will be collected by the Salvation Army in central locations outside the residence halls.

•    Non-perishable food items will be collected by Second Harvest Food Bank in lobbies of the residence halls.

•    Special locations will be offered to take non-working electronic appliances like dorm refrigerators, computers, TVs, etc., to be safely recycled.

“Move Out is a great opportunity to keep items out of the waste stream,” said Jennifer Hackett, Vanderbilt University recycling coordinator. “Working together with our nonprofit partners ensures the items get recycled and reused.”
Recycling is also a focus at Commencement and related activities. Vanderbilt will continue the plastic water bottle recycling that was so successful last year. Vanderbilt graduates and guests consume an average of 20,000 of them at Commencement activities.

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