By mid-July, the UST Recycling Team had a chance to sort, digest, transport and recycle move-out items collected from residence halls and other campus locations during the three weeks before and the week following the annual spring student move-out.
This year more than 10,000 pounds of usable goods were picked up in the four-week period and given to local charities.
The breakdown of recovered and redirected goods looked like this:
If these items had not been collected, it would have meant more than five tons of items that the university would have had to pay to haul away as municipal waste; instead, not only did these materials get redirected to help others but they also were kept out of local dumps and incinerators.
This collection saved money for St. Thomas and decreased its environmental footprint. So, thanks to all students, staff and faculty who pitched in during the 2013 move-out!
The Recycling Team also gives a special word of thanks to Omicron Delta Kappa and Sister Sharon Howell, who twice a year coordinate the collection of unwanted books during the Bookstore book buy-back in Murray-Herrick Campus Center.
More information about recycling at St. Thomas is available on the Recycling Program website.