Students recycle, not dump, end-of-year castoffs

May 25, 2010

If one person’s trash is indeed another’s treasure, McDaniel students and Goodwill recipients hit the jackpot thanks to the Environmental Action Club.

During the club’s weeklong inaugural Swap Yo Stuff event in Gill Gymnasium, students dropped off clothing, books, games, toys and a host of other items they didn’t want to pack and take home for the summer. Others found good pickings – saucer sleds from the blizzards of 2010, a life jacket, an 11-year-old Physician's Desk Reference, a boogie board and more. Much more.

Swap Yo Stuff is a recycling event of sorts – doing its bit in the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle call to environmental action.

“We decided to do Swap Yo Stuff after we realized the immense amount of good, reusable stuff that is thrown out in the dumpsters every year.  We thought it would be great if students could donate it instead of throwing it out and possibly get free stuff in the process,” says EAC president Sunita Pathik, now a senior, who deemed the recycling event a great success and expects it to grow as it becomes more established on campus.

The EAC had talked for several years about having an end-of-year swap or even a yard sale of students’ unwanted belongings. And this year, with the support of the college’s environmental sustainability committee and conference director Mary Jo Colbert, at least a dumpster full of reusable stuff avoided the landfill.

After the students had swapped, the remainder – a couple of bags of clothing, a suitcase and some odds and ends – went to Goodwill. Nothing but the dust from the floor went into the trash.