Students at two different universities are taking on conspicuous college consumption, and they're doing it brilliantly.
At the end of each school year students at Ohio State University in Columbus open up the "Dump + Run" warehouse where departing students and Columbus locals can ditch their unwanted items. Everything lives in the warehouse over the summer, and they hold a huge yard sale in the fall where residents and incoming students can buy what they need at a bargain.
Proceeds from the yard sale go to a different charity each year.
Not only does this program keep tons of waste out of the landfills, but the yard sale aspect keeps students from purchasing new items at big box stores. It conserves resources on both ends!
Dump + Run has been in place for six years. If folks have larger items to donate, they can even arrange for a pickup.
OSU isn't the only school with a program like this. Penn State's Trash to Treasure program takes end of semester discards and resells them that same summer. This year alone, they collected over 65 tons of waste.
Trash to Treasure averages $50,000 in sales each year, which they donate to a local United Way. Their program has been running 8 years and they've raised more than $370,000 while keeping 530 tons of discarded items out of the landfill.
It's awesome to see students taking responsibility for the waste they create, and giving back to the community at the same time. Do you know about any programs like this at a school near you? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!
Creative Commons photo by OZ in OH