Recycling Program By U.Va. And Woodard Properties Will Give Second
Life To Student Castoffs And Benefit Goodwill
May 27, 2004 --
Students’ furniture may live on after they
week, University students living off-Grounds in Woodard Properties’ apartments
can recycle furniture, small appliances and clothing for the benefit of Goodwill
Industries. The U.Va. Community Relations Office will team with Woodard Properties
and Goodwill to collect castoffs on Friday as students move out.
can range from house wares to clothing to furniture,” said
Ida Lee Wootten, director of the Community Relations Office. “The only
thing they cannot pick up are mattresses and large appliances.”
will sell the donations through its local store at 1242 Richmond Road, with
the proceeds going to support its mission of work-training and helping
people with disabilities achieve independence.
is a wonderful opportunity for us,” said April W. Jensen,
vice president of the Northern Division for Goodwill. While
she cannot predict what
collected, she said the store needs dining room furniture, couches, house
wares and clothing.
Properties is setting aside space at 304 14th Street as a
central drop-off point for the 150 students leaving
its apartments as their leases
the end of the month, according to manager Joy K. Waring. Additional
space is available
at that address for spillover.
they drop off would be wonderful,” said Wootten, who
modeled the pilot off-Grounds recycling program after a seven-year-old,
called “Chuck It for Charity.”
the annual “Chuck
It” event, U.Va.’s Division of Recoverable
and Disposable Resources collects about 70 tons of material from
students as they leave University housing. Furniture, carpet, lumber,
cinder blocks, stereos,
television sets, fans and clothing are turned over to local charities,
saving the University about $7,000 in disposal costs, according
to Dennis L. Clark,
division director. On May 8, this year’s undergraduate move-out
day, 57 tons of trash were collected, aside from the recycled material.
is difficult to determine how many students participate in the
“Everybody on Grounds has potential to put something in,” Clark said. “There
is a lot of stuff.”
a win-win situation, because it saves the University money,
it helps the students leave items and it helps the community non-profits,” Wootten
said of the “Chuck It” program.
this week’s off-Grounds pilot program can save overhead
and hassle for Woodard Properties, which pays $150 twice
a year to collect and discard
abandoned items, as well as pursue the former tenants who
leave things behind. It also can help neighborhood relations,
since discarded furniture is sometimes
left in unsightly curbside heaps.
been fairly minimal in previous years,” said Waring. “Sometimes
there would be something by the Dumpster, or something
left on the front porch, but it would be only a few items each year.”
has seen furniture discarded in nearby streams or plugging culverts, so recycling
can also benefit the
are already planning the program’s
“If this is a success, we can do it again in August,” Waring said.
About 250 students move out then, when their leases expire. “This [week]
will be the real trial run. We can see the results, and see what we need to do
Matt Kelly, (434) 924-7291