Recycling Project and Sale Benefits Area United Way Agencies and Promotes Sustainability

May 18, 2009


Mount Union College’s first-ever Move-Out Day Benefit Sale and Recycling Project was held May 6-7, 2009 in Wilson Hall. As a result, $2,345.10 in cash, 500 canned food items, 200 pairs of shoes, 3,000 clothing items, 50 pieces of furniture and boxes of school supplies and toiletries were donated to benefit area United Way agencies.

This project, sponsored by the Student Senate Purple Raider Empowerment Program (PREP), was instituted to empower every student, staff and faculty member to address the issue of waste reduction/recycling as well as serve the Alliance community.

From April 24- May 5, recyclables were collected in all residence halls and then sorted at Wilson Hall in preparation for the benefit sale/recycling project. Faculty and staff also donated to the effort.

As students move out of their dorm rooms, they often throw out mass amounts of food, old appliances and other valuables. This project presented the opportunity to recycle these materials and raise funds to benefit the community.

The sale was organized by Lorie Miller, director of community educational outreach; Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service; and Dr. Eric Matthews, political science professor and director of the Center for Public Service.

“We’re really excited because we can reduce the amount of trash we usually throw out at the end of the year,” said Miller. “Not only that, but the students, as well as the general public, can come and buy things they will need for themselves and their dorms.

“Waste minimization is our goal, along with sustainability, which is also a community goal. We’re all trying to be more responsible, and I think this has been a great project that works within the college and the city of Alliance’s Green Task Force mission.”

Miller reported that United Way has been great to work with and said they have sent representatives over to assist throughout the process. In addition, nearly 100 students volunteered to support the project.

“We have had fantastic student volunteers, and they even went through a training process,” Miller said. The program administrators and community educators also came to Miller and said they wanted to support the project. “We had 60 of them helping out in the residence halls. About 30 other student volunteers arrived as well. The students have been so supportive. They showed up between finals and they’ve made this a wonderful project. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

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