Cigarette butts are the most littered items - representing 28% of all items collected. However, many smokers don't consider tossing cigarette butts littering.
May and June are busy months for students. Many find themselves moving to new apartments or clearing out space by doing spring cleaning. This means that tons of perfectly good household items get bagged up and left in the trash rooms of the student housing. This past spring, the Student Green Initiativeorganized a very successful “Lighten Up Your Move” donation drive, encouraging students to donate unwanted items ahead of their move.
Two drop off sites for used clothing were set up for ten days, during which many students left bags and bags of items. On the final day, we asked students to leave any other donations – books, toys, appliances, and small furniture. We filled an entire U-Haul van and carted everything down to the Salvation Army. These items are now finding new homes and being utilized for a second (or third) time by those in need. The items are not carted off immediately to a landfill. Students commented that there was an added benefit of not having all the extra stuff decorating the trash bins and sidewalks around campus during the moves.
The success of the “Lighten Up Your Move” event has led the Student Green Initiative to plan periodic donation drives, approximately six times per year. We plan to center each drive around specific items: eye-glass frames, shoes, electronics, ink cartridges, etc. We also aim to hold another large-scale spring event, with even more participation than last year. If you are interested in participating or volunteering in these drives or other projects please contact Jeffrey Russ.