As part of the University of Iowa Year-End Donation Drive nearly two tons of furniture, clothing, housewares, and other items were diverted from the Iowa City Landfill during Residence Hall move-out May 9 and 10.
As UI students and their parents loaded cars and trucks with personal belongings acquired over nine months of living on campus, student volunteers were happy to help carry and collect unwanted items that could be reused.
The two-day event netted 3,733 pounds of material from three locations. Students donated off 1,500 pounds of material at the collection site in the Quadrangle courtyard, 440 pounds at Mayflower Hall, and 1,833 pounds at the Burge Hall site.
The effort was organized by UI Housing, Office of Sustainability, City of Iowa City, Goodwill of the Heartland, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and the Crisis Center of Johnson County. The Crisis Center collected over 3,000 pounds of food and hygiene items this year in the lobby of each residence hall during move-out week This was a great help for families as school ends and their children no longer have access to Free and Reduced Lunch. The ReStore accepted small appliances such as microwaves and mini-fridges.
Andrea Uhl, a graduate student in the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning, started the move-out collection drive last year as a project for her Sustainable Systems class.
Uhl returned this year and brought together representatives from Goodwill of the Heartland, Habitat Restore, the Crisis Center of Johnson County, UI Housing, UI Office of Sustainability and UI Facilities Management to once again coordinate the drive. Students
from several campus organizations, including the UI Environmental Coalition, helped collect items and load them onto Goodwill trucks.
The Crisis Center collected nonperishable food, unopened hygiene items, and cleaning supplies in the lobby of each residence hall during move-out week. The ReStore accepted small appliances such as microwaves and mini-fridges.
The weight of the material collected was down from last year, but Facilities Management staff reported that far fewer items were placed in the dumpsters this year.