Students: Donate unwanted items

May 1, 2015 | Events, UToday
By Cassandra DeYoung

The “Give and Go!” annual move-out program is back again this year to provide students with opportunities to donate items they no longer want. The program began Monday, April 27, and will continue until Friday, May 8.

web donate bin“We primarily focus on general recycling throughout the year, but when it comes to moving out of the dorms, students give away a lot of usable items because they either don’t need it at home or they don’t have the space in their car to take it with them,” said Brooke Mason, UT sustainability specialist. “With this program, we want to give them the option to donate their usable items and help out the local community.”

Non-perishable foods and toiletries will be collected and will go to local food pantries and shelters. All remaining items will go to Goodwill of Northwest Ohio.

The following items will be accepted as donations:

• Electronics, appliances and lamps;

• Computers and printers;

• Blankets, linen and pillows;

• Furniture;

• Towels;

• Dishes and cookware;

• Books and school supplies;

• Miscellaneous household goods;

• Crates or containers; and

• Clothing and shoes.

Broken electronics also will be collected and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

“Last year we gave 6,493 pounds of usable donations to Goodwill, 1,192 pounds of non-perishable food to the Cherry Street Mission, 200 pounds of pillows to the County Canine Control, and 70 pounds of toiletries to Rebekah’s-Haven,” Mason said.

Students can drop off donations at the following locations: Scott Hall and Tucker Hall lobby, MacKinnon Hall lobby, Carter Hall East and West lobby, Presidents Hall lobby, International House lobby, Ottawa House East and West lobbies, Parks Tower lobby, and by the elevators of each house in McComas Village.

Each location will have a designated area for non-perishable foods, toiletries and other donations.

Cans, bottles, paper, cardboard and trash should be disposed in their proper bins.

Broken or unusable goods, carpets, rugs, mattresses, foam pads and furniture with stains should be placed in the nearest dumpster.

This program is part of The University of Toledo’s Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design Initiative, which focuses on making UT and the greater community a more environmentally friendly place.

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