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Trash to Treasure provides outlet for students to repurpose useful waste

By Bri Sullivan
On April 10, 2014

Tulane students initiated a new campaign this year for waste reduction called Trash to Treasure. The new program involves repurposing discarded dormitory items to combat the wastefulness of the student body, reduce Tulane's environmental impact as a whole and provide a new option for students to obtain cheap goods in the fall.

When student residents move out in May, they fill the campus dumpsters with undamaged items that they no longer want or cannot keep. Many students rent out storage units for the summer, leading them to discard any unnecessary items to make space for other possessions. Many usable items, such as shower caddies, desk supplies, clothes hangers, mirrors and storage bins end up in dumpsters. Students often discard furniture, lamps and printers as well. Some students waste hundreds of dollars of usable material without a second thought, which reflects negatively on the Tulane community as a whole. 

This year, Tulane students have a more environmentally friendly option than sending the excess products of their dorm rooms to the dumpsters. The Trash to Treasure program serves to curb this unnecessary, wasteful behavior.

Trash to Treasure will allow students to save old items while helping others. The initiative does not require much work from students. The Trash to Treasure team will set up collection areas in each residence hall during move-out time. Volunteers will begin to collect and sort donated items at the end of April, before the start of final exams and will continue to collect items until commencement. Student donors do not have to perform any legwork or labor. The donated items will be resold at a discounted price to students next fall who either need inexpensive furniture for their dorms or who simply wish to save some cash.



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