24 April 2008

Plans to Abate Year-End Trash at UD

Back when I was fit enough to run around all evening, I used to play tennis at the UC courts regularly. It was a sad day for me and my pocketed-shorts posse when UC replaced those courts with freshman dorms. The courts were not replaced and as a result the tennis team was nixed.

Next to the courts were some other dorms, and next to them was a big dumpster. One day after playing near the end of spring semester my erstwhile tennis partner/lady companion noticed the overflowing dumpster. We dumpster-dove and eagerly perused the contents. I remember finding a steel mesh wastebasket, a baking pan and a Bearcat t-shirt with the tag still on it. There was lots of carpet, too.

There's a lot of good stuff if you're willing to walk around in a dumpster. And as I mentioned, it is not necessarily a turn-off for the ladies. From the college's perspective, however, it's not so fun:

At the end of each year, over 100 tons of unwanted items are left on campus when students move out. This large amount of trash has a negative environmental impact and costs the university a large amount in dumpster and landfill fees.

So UD is trying a new plan:

In order to minimize UD’s impact on the environment and cut these costs, the university has made changes that will provide students the opportunity to donate unwanted items as opposed to throwing them away...

Students with unwanted clothing, non-perishable food items, and household items are encouraged to donate it through the many choices UD has made available. From April 28 to May 5, students living in residence halls will be able to donate non-perishable food and clothing in lobbies. The food will be donated to the University of Dayton Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP) and the clothing will be donated to St. Vincent De Paul.

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