Campus Thrift Program Aims to Reduce Waste During Student Move-Out

May 09, 2016

MISSOULA – This week when University of Montana students move out of residence halls and off-campus rentals, they will have a convenient place to dump unwanted items that isn’t a dumpster.

On Wednesday through Friday, May 11-13, the Campus Thrift program will host six collection sites located both on and off campus where students can drop off any items they no longer want. Collected items will be sorted and then sold at the Campus Thrift sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Schreiber Gymnasium.

Unsold items will be donated to local thrift stores. All proceeds from the sale will benefit campus sustainability projects identified by the departments organizing the program.

“There is a tremendous amount of waste generated during student move-out,” said Katherine Auge, ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center director and one of the Campus Thrift organizers. “Most of the things that end up in the trash are gently used items that can easily be reused.”

The collection sites will accept everything from clothes to housewares to small appliances. Mattresses, textbooks, large furniture and hazardous materials will not be accepted.

The four on-campus sites will be conveniently located outside residence halls. The two off-campus sites are the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house, located at 1125 Helen Ave., and the University Villages Community Center at 3 Elkhorn Ct.

Campus Thrift is a collaborative effort between the UM Sustainability, UM Recycling, the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center and the Residence Life Office. The program is recruiting volunteers now to staff the collection sites, to assist with sorting items before the sale and to work the sale. Both students and community members are encouraged to volunteer and tangibly reduce waste from move-out week. All volunteers will receive one free item of their choice. Interested parties can sign up to volunteer via Facebook at “UM Campus Thrift” or by emailing campusthrift@mso.umt.edu.

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Contact: Katherine Auge, ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center director, 406-243-2017, campusthrift@mso.umt.edu.