Trash to Treasure - UMD

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In 2011, the Department of Resident Life revisited a program that was initiated almost 10 years prior as a way to help divert items from the waste stream during May move out. The renewed and re-envisioned Trash to Treasure program was adopted for the entire Resident Life and Fraternity & Sorority Life systems, collecting large quantities of goods for Goodwill and the Capital Area Food Bank. This presentation discusses the history behind the revitalization of the program, details of the current design, results from the first 2 years of collections, and considerations for future advancement of the program.

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Trash to Treasure - UMD

  1. 1. TRASH TO TREASURE An effort to divert our students’ “trash” from the waste stream to become someone else’s treasure Resident Life: Dan Hairfield, Erin Schlegel, Michael Melnyk Facilities Management: Adrienne Small
  2. 2. BRIEF HISTORY • Began in 2002 and remained small and decentralized until 2011. • Offshoot of department’s sustainability committee • Original Committee: Cindy Felice, Michael Glowacki, Dan Hairfield, Michael Melnyk, Dennis Scott, Tracy Kiras, Craig Leets, Genevieve Conway • Sustainability Fund Grant: $10,000 • Partners: Facilities Management, Residential Facilities, Dining Services, and the Office of Sustainability • Merged together with Mindful Moveout • Residence Hall Association’s Sustainability Committee
  3. 3. PROGRAM CHARGE Trash to Treasure is the signature program charged with the management of a spring semester closing program aimed at reducing the amount of items that enter the waste stream. In association with other campus and community agencies, Trash to Treasure serves to capture commonly disposed items to be donated to non-profit organizations, including Goodwill and Help by Phone.
  4. 4. ADVERTISING VIDEO
  5. 5. DONATION LOCATIONS
  6. 6. APPROVED DONATION ITEMS
  7. 7. CAMPUS PARTNERS • Facilities Management • Office of Sustainability • Residential Facilities (incl. Housekeeping) • Department of Transportation Services • Dining Services • Residence Hall Association • Fraternity & Sorority Life • Volunteers from around Student Affairs
  8. 8. THE COLLECTION - 2012
  9. 9. THE COLLECTION - 2013
  10. 10. THE RESULTS May 2012 Goodwill: 5810 cubic feet (6 box trucks and 1 trailer) Help by Phone: 6 carts of food supplies Terrapin Trader: 5 box trucks of items ACE Recycling: 2.5 30-ft dumpsters of carpets May 2013 Goodwill: 1 24-ft box truck of total items Help by Phone: 6.5 carts of food supplies ACE Recycling: 2.51 tons of carpet Waste Reduction: 200 tons of trash, 4 tons of metal, 2 tons of paper, 68 tons of recycling, 4 tons of wood products Tipping Fee: reduction of …
  11. 11. FUTURE PLANS The Resident Life Sustainability and Trash to Treasure program hope to continue to explore… • Engaging new areas for collection (South Campus Commons, University Courtyards, College Park Community). • The concept of a community yard sale, similar to programs at other universities operating sustainable move out programs. • Staggered collections to capture items around the end of the fall semester and mid-spring semester (spring cleaning).
  12. 12. CUSTOMIZING A SUSTAINABLE PROGRAM When developing this program, we have learned that the following factors are vital to consider: • Institutional size, scope, and budget • Who makes up the committee/central coordination • Vital partnerships (internal, non-profit organizations) • Who implements the program (departmental staff, student volunteers, divisional partners, etc.) • Marketing to the university community • Measuring the savings/communicating the impact • Donation versus community sale • Expanding the reach of the program
  13. 13. THANK YOU! Department of Resident Life Dan Hairfield Assistant Coordinator for South Campus 301-314-7458 hairfiel@umd.edu Michael Melnyk Resident Director, North Hill 301-314-4545 mmelnyk@umd.edu Erin Schlegel Community Director, Ellicott 301-314-7403 eschlege@umd.edu facebook.com/UMDreslife @UMDreslife Facilities Management Adrienne Small Recycling Specialist Recycling & Waste Management 301-405-7332 asmall@umd.edu Web: www.facilities.umd.edu

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