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Cast-Offs Can Benefit The Community Through May 23 Off-Grounds Recycling Program

May 24, 2005 -- University of Virginia students’ furniture may live on after they are gone.

U.Va.’s Community Relations Office, in partnership with the Salvation Army, is giving students living off-Grounds in selected Wade and Woodard properties’ apartments an opportunity to recycle household furnishings that can’t fit into vehicles when they pack up to move out. 

On Monday, May 23, students can load their discards into a Salvation Army truck that will be parked on the apartment sites during designated hours.  The truck will be at 512 Brandon Ave. from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m., at 1203 Wertland St. from noon to 1:45 p.m., and at 224 14th St., N.W., from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

“This is an opportunity for students to help those in need,” said Ida Lee Wootten, director of the Community Relations Office.

The Community Relations Office started the program to enhance neighborhood relations since discarded, abandoned furniture can cause unsightly curbside heaps. 

The Salvation Army cannot accept upholstered items, such as bedding or sofas, that have tears, stains or animal hair, noted Beth Orsher at the Salvation Army.  Any other items that are structurally sound will be accepted in the recycling effort as well as clothing, computers, household appliances and canned goods.

The recycling effort is an expansion of a 2004 pilot program in which students could leave discarded items at space in a Woodard property at 304 14th St. It is also modeled after an on-Grounds recyling program called “Chuck It for Charity.”

During 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 Sonny Beale, division director.

Contacts: :  Ida Lee Wootten, U.Va. Community Relations, 924-1321; Beth Orser, The Salvation Army, 295-0165; Joy Waring, Woodard Properties, 971-8860; Marian Haws, Wade Apartments,  293-9147

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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