With move-out days fast approaching at Mercyhurst University, the urge to purge spreads like a contagion, leaving dumpsters overflowing with perfectly usable items destined for the landfill. In the past 10 years, the university has provided an alternative each May through its environmentally friendly Trash to Treasure program.
Since 2003, Mercyhurst has been collecting usable housewares, clothing, furniture, appliances and food as students move out of their residence halls and apartments at the end of the academic year.
Last year, the university donated 1,250 pounds of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania; 180 bags of clothing to the Caring Closet; and $1,650 worth of appliances and household goods to Connecting Hands. Miscellaneous items also were donated to the City Mission. All told, the donations saved the university about $1,000 in charges that would have gone toward emptying dumpsters.
The Mercyhurst University Office of Service Learning, Campus Ministry, Sustainability Office and Green Team will collaborate with the Residence Life staff and student Ambassadors to continue the tradition again this year.
Collection days are slated for May 15, 17, 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bins will be placed in the main lobbies of freshman residence halls and in laundry rooms of apartments beginning May 6. Students with questions should contact their RAs for more information.
PHOTO: Last year’s Trash to Treasure event organizers, from left: Betty Amatangelo, Greg Baker, Allison Elick, Bethany Brun, Brittany Prischak, Colin Hurley and David Parker.