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'Give and Take' event will help divert waste from landfills

May 4, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a Give and Take tent event for students living in the residence halls who want to bring unwanted items to recycle or trade to help reduce waste on campus. The event will take place May 11-21.

Members of the Residence Hall Association suggested the event as a way to help reduce waste and recycle materials as students move out of the residence halls for the summer. Housing and Residence Life implemented the idea and last year diverted almost 5 1/2 tons of material from the landfill.

"Due to the recycling and repurposing through the Give and Take event, the amount of trash generated during move-out week has been reduced by about 3 1/2 tons in each of the last two years," said Timothy McMahon, housing custodial supervisor.

As a result, Housing and Residence Life has been able to reduce the number of roll-offs needed for garbage from 10 to six and reduce the number of garbage pickups, McMahon said.

The tent event allows the almost 4,000 students in the residence halls to bring items they don't want out to the six tents. Housing and Residence Life staff makes sure anything broken or left behind is recycled. Students also are welcome to take items they want for free.

During the 2011 tent event, the university recycled 2 1/2 tons of broken appliances, televisions, microwaves, computers, refrigerators and assorted electronics, close to 2 tons of carpeting and more than a 1/2 ton of cardboard.

More than 250 pounds of clothing was collected and donated to a local charity during the 2011 event. This year, RHA is collaborating with Easter Seals to collect and donate the clothing students no longer want.

Last year, RHA also collected 583 pounds of nonperishable food, which was donated to the Feed My People food pantry.

For more information about this event or sustainability initiatives in Housing in Residence Life at UW-Eau Claire, contact Kate Hartsel, housing sustainability coordinator, at 715-836-2505 or hartseka@uwec.edu.

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