Couches, chairs, tables and dressers from Spring Move Out were some of the items that went to Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity in Eau Claire to be reused, said UW-Stout Sustainability Manager Sarah Rykal. Metal futon frames, metal shelves, TVs, laptop computers, printers, microwaves and speakers were recycled. Nonperishable food went to the Helping Hand Food Pantry for UW-Stout students.
“The city wants to ensure boulevards are kept clean during move out,” Rykal said. “We like to offer off-campus students an opportunity to donate, recycle and properly dispose of items they no longer need as they move out of their apartments and houses. It helps to ensure that we are reducing landfill waste by offering a donation program and a recycling program for electronics and metals.”
Last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, students had to bring items to the Dunn County Transfer Station outside of Menomonie for disposal or recycling. No reuse option was available, Rykal said.
“Bringing the full program back this year, with a reuse option in addition to recycling and proper disposal, was good for our students,” Rykal said “We try to stress reusing before recycling to our campus. So, it’s important to have a reuse option for an event like this, to let items that are in good shape live on rather than sending them to a landfill prematurely.”
The UW-Stout Sustainability Office partnered with the city of Menomonie for Spring Move Out. The Stout Student Association split the cost of the event with the city. UW-Stout’s Waste Reduction Work Group also was involved.
Campus sustainability efforts
UW-Stout is committed to sustainability. The campus is a Charter Signatory of the American College and Universities President’s Climate Commitment, an effort to address climate change by committing the campus to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling and composting are campuswide. Students and staff can ride community and campus buses for free with a current campus identification.