South Dakota State University’s Don’t Dump! Donate! program collected 540 items during finals week, May 4-7.
The program, which is sponsored by Facilities and Services and the Department of Housing and Residential Life, started in 2018 and was also offered in 2019.
The program’s goal is to keep reusable material out of the landfill. It provides students an opportunity to donate quality items to local nonprofits. This year, the 2,340 pounds of materials went to Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter and Jack’s Cupboard. Items donated this year included carpets, mirrors, furniture, microwaves, food, office supplies, hygiene items, clothes and kitchen supplies.
“Don’t Dump! Donate! is a great environmentally friendly way to divert useful material from going to the landfill. It also ties to the economic and social pillars of sustainability by helping provide access to basic needs. It’s a win-win-win for sustainability, campus and the community,” said Jennifer McLaughlin, the university’s sustainability specialist.
Students could drop off unwanted items at one of the drop-off locations or call for a donation pickup. More than 15 volunteers helped monitor the sites.