Meeting University Housing's core value of stewardship, each year Housing helps students say goodbye sustainably by partnering with students, staff, and campus and community organizations to donate or recycle items they no longer need. Recycling and donation locations are set up near residence halls to allow residents and their families convenient access to donation and recycling opportunities. The event is volunteer run and relies on the hard work of campus volunteers to divert as much waste as possible.
Over 150 volunteers participated in 2017 to divert over 129,000 pounds of material from the landfill- our highest diversion rate yet! 70% of the total 630 volunteer hours come from students receiving course credit by putting their coursework into practice during move out.
o Items donated:
o St. Vincent de Paul: 34,000 pounds of clothing, shoes, and housewares, 1,800 pounds of food, 1,000 pounds of books
o Goodwill: 26,000 pounds of clothing, shoes, and housewares
o Salvation Army: 3,000 pounds of area rugs,
o Open Seat Campus Food Pantry: 1,500 pounds of food
o Badger Caring Closet: 200 pounds of books and school supplies
o 170 futons
o 125 microwaves
o 600 area rugs
o Items recycled:
o 220 futons
o 33,000 pounds of carpet
o 5,300 pounds of metal
A variety of waste reduction activities and events are planned annually to support the interest of students.
All resident rooms have tri-color recycling bins (cans-glass-plastic, mixed paper, landfill) and an accompanying recycling guide. In addition, residence halls have compost bins on each floor.