Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.02
Liaison Nathan King
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Virginia Tech
OP-T2-43: Move-Out Waste Reduction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Anthony Watson
Associate Director of Building Services & Grounds
Facilities Operations
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Does the institution have a program to reduce residence hall move-out waste?:

A brief description of the program:

Ytoss is a recycling program that was created by the YMCA at Virginia Tech in the spring of 2006. Ytoss aims to reduce waste that is discarded during Student Move-Out in order to collect gently used items from students. Items that are collected are cleaned up, stored and sold at a Fall sale during Campus Move-In. The proceeds of the sale help support the YMCA at Virginia Tech’s community outreach and leadership based programs, which frequently serve under-served or at risk members of the community. The purpose of Ytoss is to keep as much as possible out of the local landfill, toting the slogan:“Ytoss it, when you can pass it on?”

The Ytoss 2014 event (held from May 9th-24th) collected 16,645 pounds of reusable materials! Over 300 donors participated in the collection on campus. Around 90 volunteers helped operate Ytoss, contributing 376 community service hours.

For more information about the annual Ytoss event, please see:

Please see Section 6.3.2 of the Comprehensive Waste Management Plan for Virginia Tech for additional information about move-out waste reduction: http://facilities.vt.edu/documents/sustainability/unlinked/Comprehensive_Waste_Mangement_Plan_Virginia_Tech_7_15_2011_Final.pdf

The website URL where information about the program is available:

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