LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2021) — From Nov. 20 through finals week, the University of Kentucky’s Recycling Program will place Give & Go Donation Stations at all the residence halls’ lobbies — offering students a convenient opportunity to donate items as they prepare to leave campus for the holiday break
Students are encouraged to donate items such as clothing, shoes, bedding, unused toiletries, household items, decor and nonperishable food. Items will be donated to Goodwill except for nonperishable food, which will be donated to the Big Blue Pantry to help fellow students.
“We hope that students use this opportunity to donate usable items and nonperishable food, diverting them away from the landfill, so we can send them to local charities/groups who can use them,” said Esther Moberly, manager of the UK Waste Recycling and Trucking Department. “This program is part of a large campuswide effort to decrease how much is thrown away, which is a goal in the university’s Sustainability Plan."
This Give & Go Donation program, a partnership program with Goodwill Industries of the Bluegrass, has been offered to students since the end of the Fall 2016 semester and it has collected an average of about 1,200 pounds each year.
The Give & Go Donation Station program is also a collaboration among several UK departments — Recycling, Trucking, Residence Life, Campus Housing, Auxiliary Services, Sustainability, Big Blue Pantry and Goodwill Industries of the Bluegrass. The goal of the program is to encourage students to donate rather than throw out usable items.
For more information about the program and how it has changed over the years, click here.
For more information about UK Recycling visit www.uky.edu/facilities/cppd/services/facilities-services/recycling.
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