Go green when you pack up and ship out
May 27, 2013
Starting June 7, the Office of Sustainability will begin the “Take it or Leave it” program. Boxes will be placed in the lobby/entry of each residential building for nonperishable food items to be donated to Campus Kitchens and clothing, sheets, and small household items will be donated to local charities. “Take it or Leave it” is a reminder to take things home with you or donate them. If you see something you could use in the donation boxes, you are welcome to take it. One person’s trash is another’s treasure.
Every year, Take it or Leave it donates more than 10,000 lbs of reusables to charity. For information email or call NU Recycling, 847-467-1374.
Off-campus students can bring their donations to the Take it or Leave it locations or work with Move in Move out (MIMO), a Kellogg student initiative, which will coordinate with you to pick up your unwanted, usable items and resell them back to NU students in the fall. This is a new project that is working to end the cycle of students buying new household items every year.
For larger items not accepted by these programs, consider selling or giving them away via Craigslist or Evanston’s Freecycle Group. Some charity groups, such as the Brown Elephant, Salvation Army, and Amvets will pickup donations; be sure to schedule a pickup in advance.
Please remember to recycle cardboard, paper, plastic, cans, and glass when moving out. Check out the full list of what is recyclable on NU’s campus. If you live off campus, review Evanston’s recycling practices.
NU University services will be collecting and recycling computers, cell phones, televisions, media (CDs, tapes, etc.), microwaves, computer mice, keyboards, speakers, and printers from June 4 to June 12 in the lobbies of Allison, Elder, Foster Walker, Sargent, 1835 Hinman, Engelhart, McManus, and Willard. For more information, contact Tom Luczkowiak.
Sell your textbooks back to Norris. Using your campus bookstore reduces the environmental impact by keeping books on campus and avoiding the need to ship them across the country for redistribution.
Storing Items over the Summer
If you have items you want to keep, but cannot take them home with you- consider these recommended storage companies:
• NU Campus Solutions