Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.40
Liaison Saiyare Refaei
Submission Date March 12, 2013
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Pacific Lutheran University
OP-T2-43: Move-Out Waste Reduction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Jenny Taylor
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Does the institution have a program to reduce residence hall move-out waste?:

A brief description of the program:

Increased number of staff are used to collect more recycling from residence halls during move-out. Also, volunteers are recruited to help sort recycling to donate money for their club of choice based on the number of hours they volunteer.

During move out, there are bins in each residence hall.
The SurPLUs Store is important throughout the year, but becomes most useful to students during move out time. The purpose is for students to put their unwanted items into bins in their residence halls. Once in the bins, things are often taken out and used by others, and whatever remains after students move out goes to various places.

- Clothes: donated to Goodwill or SurPLUs
- Commons dishes: returned to the UC and reused the following year. Decreases the amount of dishes that have to be re-purchased.
- Personal Care Items: Donated to local churches or put in SurPLUs
- Books
- Electronics: must be removed, because they cannot be disposed of in the regular trash stream.
- Carpet: At one point, went to PLU’s carpet supply company, but the market has gone dry for used carpet. Now, it is either recovered and resold, or recycled and used for its petroleum.
- Encouraging students to reuse
- No longer storing carpet (summer)—instead encouraging students to get area rugs
- There still is carpet recycling provided at the end of the year for those who do have carpet.

The website URL where information about the program is available:

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