Reducing Discarded Usable Items in Residence Halls
This spring, reduce the amount of usable itemsdiscarded in your residence hallsErica MattisonSustainability CoordinatorSuffolk University, Boston
Key question:At the end of the school year, whathappens to the stuff students dontwant to keep???
Make it easy for students togive, and many of them will!
Spike in outputat residencehalls inApril/May your campushas anopportunity.
What you need:Structure• A system, known to all key players• Res Life, Facilities, Program Staff,Janitorial Staff• Promotion (in advance and during)• Housing for staff• Convenient drop-off locations• Temporary storage spaces• Plans for pick-ups or deliveries
People Power• Staff (paid or unpaid)• Community partners (charities)
Materials• Collection hampers (chained together)• Signage indicating what goes where &reminder signage (i.e. waste closet doors)• Hundreds of boxes (same size; donated),tape/dispensers, bags, labelsWAIT!CAN THAT BEDONATED?!If you have clean items ingood or fair conditionplease donate them toDump and Run!Location:10 West LobbyWhen:Now through the end of move-out
Lessons Learned• Timing: Set up collection points two weeks before move-out• Efficiency: Uniform sized boxes• Time saver: have labels ready to go for each org• Info: Promote the orgs that will benefit• Don’t let your hampers pull a disappearing act –chain together sostudents moving out don’t borrow them• Staffing: Can Res Life assign some student staff to sort and pack?• Lack of storage? Have organizations conduct pick-ups throughout
Ken Hung, Suffolk UniversityProfessor of OperationsManagement, for lending hisexpertiseABM Janitorial Services staff,for their many years of helpingensure a smooth programJim Wallace, Suffolk UniversityFacilities Operations, for his supportof the programBob Mullin, Casey & HayesMovers, for generous donation of500 boxesCaroline Davis, Suffolk UniversityResidence Life, for integrating Dump& Run into Move-OutThe many Suffolk students whohave contributed to the program andstaffed the programLisa Heller Boragine, Dump andRun, for her manyyears of partnershipThank you!