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Ohio University partnering with Athens, nonprofits to offer many options for students to reuse and recycle during Move-Out


April 24, 2015

Ohio University is partnering with the City of Athens and local nonprofits to provide on- and off-campus students with opportunities to donate items rather than trash them during Move-Out week Monday, April 27 through Sunday, May 3.

With a collection goal of 24 tons of reusable goods and eight tons of food, this year’s Move-Out could be the largest donation effort in OHIO’s history.

More than 40 on-campus donation and recycling sites will be available for students to donate items instead of throwing them away. Every residence hall will have an indoor area to donate sealed and non-perishable food items, as well as outside areas designated for carpet/rugs, furniture and smaller donation items – all items that should not be thrown into dumpsters. These categories, along with paper, make up the five types of items Campus Recycling and Zero Waste Manager Andrew Ladd has named “The Big Five.”

“We believe this targeted approach will help capture a record amount of reusable goods,” Ladd said. “We are proud to partner with committed community volunteers to divert literally tons of still useable items and see that they are distributed to area individuals and families who can use and appreciate them.”

In a cooperative effort facilitated by Rural Action, community partners including Second Harvest Southeast Ohio Foodbank, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Reuse Industries, Goodwill, Mother Earth Community Thrift Store, New to You Shoppe, Athens County Fair Board, Golden Gate 4-H Club, Little Wing, Friends and Neighbors and Kleinpenny Rentals have come together to organize Move-Out efforts and keep usable items out of landfills.

The City of Athens will also play a large role in Move-Out efforts for off-campus students, with more than 15 “Move-Out Drop-off” sites located throughout the city from Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3. Sites will accept small working appliances, furniture, books, clothing, unopened food and other high-quality reusable goods.

City Code Director John Paszke worked with the University to continue the off-campus efforts, including developing an online map of all drop-off sites.   

“We’re happy to be able to continue to help divert over 100,000 pounds of materials from the landfill each year,” said Paszke. “We’re even adding some new elements to try to increase recovery of reusable goods.”

In addition, community members launched the Athens Move-Out Recovery Effort (AMORE) to collect reusable goods from curbsides with tenants’ permission. The goods will be gathered by community volunteers and donated to local non-profit organizations and to the Athens County Fair Board’s community giveaway day May 6.

“We hope to capture a lot of the material from the curb that doesn’t belong in a landfill and take it to local shops that give back to this community,” Sue Righi, a community member who is leading the AMORE effort, said.

Move-Out efforts will continue after students leave campus. Several local thrift stores are providing on-demand pickup services of high quality reusable items. Landlords and maintenance staff cleaning out student apartments will be able to call them to donate goods.

Free giveaway events will be held Wednesday, May 6 in the New Marshfield old school building from 1-6 p.m., as well as at the Athens County Fairgrounds from 5-7 p.m. The giveaways are designed to help families and individuals in need and are open to all residents of Athens and surrounding counties. Each family is limited to one pre-made box of food, one large item (such as couches and dressers) and unlimited small items.

“It takes a lot of people working really hard to pull off an effort like this,” said Paszke.
Volunteers are integral to these efforts. Community members can sign up to volunteer online at http://bit.ly/1bdyDfx.   

Move-Out drop-off sites for off-campus residents will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3.

An electronic map can be found here: www.ce3.ohio.edu/15

  • Athens Historical Society (65 N Court St)
  • Bromley Hall (S Congress St)
  • Convo (Richland & Shafer St)
  • Fern Alley (32 Fern Alley)
  • Mill St at McKinley (Mill and McKinley Ave)
  • Mother Earth Thrift Store (5 N Shafer St)
  • North Court at W State St
  • Riverpark (N McKinley Ave)
  • Rollerbowl (Palmer St)
  • Athens Co. Fairgrounds closed Sunday
  • Athens Middle School (Washington & High St) closed Sunday
  • Family Dollar (Carpenter St) closed Sunday
  • First Christian Church (N Congress at State) closed Sunday
  • Christ Lutheran Church (69 Mill St) closed Sunday
  • Palmer Place closed Sunday
  • Passion Works closed Sunday
  • Station St Apartments closed Sunday