Mercyhurst University’s 10th Annual Trash to Treasure program is now a memory, but its ripple effect will be felt long into the future.
Since 2003, Mercyhurst has been collecting gently used housewares, clothing, furniture, appliances and food as students move out of their residence halls and apartments at the end of the academic year.
With more than four days of collections managed by eight to 15 Mercyhurst student volunteers, this year’s initiative resulted in the following donations:
Caring Closet: 173 large bags of clothing and shoes
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania: 1,139 lbs. of nonperishable food
Connecting Hands: an estimated $1,500 in housewares, furniture, appliances and bedding
MHEDS (Multi-Cultural Health Evaluation Delivery System) – two boxes of personal care products
Erie Computer – five printers/scanners recycled (value estimated at $50).
“Initially a student-run program started by Stephanie Davis in 2003, this program is so large now that it is being organized by Campus Ministry, Service Learning and the Sustainability Office,” said sustainability officer Brittany Prischak. “Each year we have been able to help deter students from tossing useable items into the dumpsters on campus, and instead placing them in collection bins located on campus. Overall the program helps to not only decrease campus waste, but also help Erie residents with our donations.”