It’s that magical time of year again. Spring Fling is over, masses are flocking to Tisch to study for finals, and everyone is freaking out about graduating/grades/summer internships. Amid the chaos, it may slip your mind that you haven’t packed and, upon a cursory inspection — holy celery stalks, I have way too much stuff and I can’t bring it all with me to Rwanda for my service trip!
Lucky for you, TuftsRecycles! and Tufts Facilities Services makes it super easy to unburden yourself of unwanted items during move-out. Here’s our quick-and-dirty guide to a stress-free and sustainable move-out for those living on-campus.
We DO NOT ACCEPT in any of our boxes:
- Wire hangers and frisbees (please recycle these in green glass/metal/plastics bins!)
- Dirty or soiled items
- Open or spoiled food
- Hazardous materials
We thank you for your cooperation in making our move-out process as streamlined and sustainable as possible. If you have any questions, please ask your RA or send us an e-mail!
This semester, all proceeds raised from depositing donated bottle and cans into Tufts’ own GreenBean Recycling Machine will go toward Timmy Global Health, a national non-profit that expands healthcare access to impoverished communities in Guatemala, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Nigeria. Do your part to help the environment and those around the world who are less fortunate than you (what a WIN-WIN!).
By simply placing your bottles and cans in the GreenBean Recycling Machine boxes now in the common rooms of South Hall, Miller, Houston, Carmichael, West, Haskell, Lewis, Tilton, Bush, Hodgdon, Metcalf and Stratton, YOU are being an active citizen here at Tufts.
You CanAid, I CanAid, We CanAid.
Did you guess our new recycling option in the gym??
If you saunter into Tisch Sports Center, there’s now a recycling bin for shoes!
Partnering with the full-service footwear recycling company, Rerun Shoes, the new shoe bin in the gym will accept all types of shoes (without holes). These shoes will be sent to secondhand shoe vendors in Mali, Guinea, and Liberia.
Rerun Shoes aims to divert shoes from the waste stream in North America and at the same time, help support sustainable microbusinesses in the African tropics. Read the company’s mission outline here.
The first shoes ready to be sent to second-hand vendors in Africa!
If you just bought yourself a new pairs of sneakers, hold up! Before you chuck your old ones, stop by the Tisch Sports Center and drop them in the shoe bin!
You may have seen our team hard at work chalking about the Green Bean Machine this afternoon. Follow the dollar signs over to the lower level of the Campus Center and earn money for recycling!
Happy summer to all graduating and returning students! While you were packing up your dorm rooms and fiddling with CollegeBoxes, the TuftsRecycles! team was hard at work collecting assorted items for R²ePACK 2012.
What is R²ePACK?! Good question! R²ePACK is our move-out initiative in which students are asked to Reuse & Recycle everything, pack and clean… k?! Here’s what students recycled and freecycled this year:
- 8500 pounds (wow!) of clothes and linens, to be donated and recycled
- 1 truckload of freecyclable items, to be donated to incoming freshmen in the fall
- 20 pairs of crutches, to be reused by the Tufts Athletics Department
- 15 boxes of nonperishable food, donated to Project Soup in Somerville
- 6 boxes of Dining Hall dishes, returned to Dewick-MacPhie and Carmichael Dining Halls
- 5 boxes of school supplies, to be donated to the Medford Public Schools
- 3 boxes of books, to be donated to the Boston Prison Book Drive
- 2 cubic yards of broken and working electronics, to be recycled
- 1 mountain of mattress foam, to be recycled
Many thanks to the R²ePACK team, the dedicated men and women of the Tufts Facilities Department, the Eco-Reps, and all students who participated! Be on the lookout for our Freecycle drop on Tisch roof in the Fall.
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