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OHIO, city of Athens collaborate during move-out

Community rallies to recycle and reuse, help others in need


Students can drop off furniture and other household items to drop-off locations across the Athens Campus and city of Athens beginning the start of finals week on April 28.

Furniture, carpet, electronics, and other household items will be collected by volunteers at several sites both on and off campus and distributed to local residents in need after move-out weekend.

The effort helps local residents and also reduces the amount of waste taken to the landfill. According to Ohio University Recycling and Refuse Manager Andrew Ladd, no furniture or carpet should go into the Dumpster, regardless of its condition. Eighty percent of trash can be recycled or reused, he noted.

“It all either gets recycled or donated,” Ladd said. “Even if students think it’s in bad condition, it still shouldn’t go into the Dumpsters. Our crew can determine if parts of the furniture can be recycled. We can deconstruct couches for their parts and recycle carpet so that none of it goes to the landfill.”
 
Items which should not be thrown out include the following: appliances, aquariums and terrariums, banners, posters, pictures or frames, bed frames, lofts and intact furniture, books, CD’s, magazines, mattresses, mattress pads, clothing, linens, computers, printers, electronics and accessories, dishes, silverware, hangers, organizers or shelving, luggage, backpacks, coolers, school supplies, office supplies, art supplies, sports equipment, unopened food, detergent and soap, cosmetics and toiletries, wood and building supplies.

Twelve tons of carpets were collected from move-out weekend in 2013 for recycling, in addition to 18 tons of clothes, furniture and other household items collected for donation.

On campus, students can drop off household items outside all residence halls on East, West, College, South Green and Bromley Hall starting on April 28.

In the city of Athens, drop-off sites are at the following locations:

  • Christ the King & Christ Lutheran on Mill Street , 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 1 to 3.
  • Train Depot, Union Street, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 1 to 3.
  • Family Dollar, Carpenter Street, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 1 to 3.
  • Athens County Historical Society, Court Street, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 to 3.
  • 353 Richland Ave., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1 to 3
  • First Christian Church, intersection of West State Street and Congress Street, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 1 to 3.
  • North Court and State Street next to Dumpster, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., May 2 to 3.
  • Near the end of Mill and McKinley Drive, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., May 2 to 3.

Local non-profits which are accepting donations include the following: New to You (740-592-1842), Goodwill (740-592-4105), Athens County Fair Board (740-591-1816), ReUse Industries (740-594-5103), Southeastern Ohio Regional Foodbank (740-385-6813), Friends and Neighbors (740-667-0684), and Habitat for Humanity, Restore (740-589-5865).

“This recycling effort started years ago by Ed Newman while he was still at Ohio University,” said Athens Code Director John Paske. “A few years ago he reached out and asked the city of Athens to get behind the initiative, which we did, and it has grown from there. It has been a highly successful effort, one that the public can help continue. The donation of food, clothing, and furniture goes to many of the people with needs throughout our community and eliminates tons of needless waste from our landfills.”

Members of the Athens County Fair Board and Golden Gaits 4-H Club volunteer and support the collection effort on campus, as well as ReUse Industries, which is helping with collection on West Green and also is offering a free pick-up service at homes from April 27 to May 6. Items also can be dropped off at their store at 100 Columbus Rd., Athens. To arrange a pickup time, contact ReUse Industries at 740-594-5103.

“We get a lot of futon beds and all kinds of furniture, several televisions, and even computers,” said Reid Hart, a member of the Athens County Fair Board.

This year, the fair board is tasked with collecting items from East Green and College Green. Board members and their families will distribute the items at no charge at the Athens County Fairgrounds beginning at 5:30 p.m. on May 7.

“It takes a couple hours to distribute everything, but people start to line up at 10 a.m. sometimes,” he noted.

Golden Gaits 4-H Club is tasked with organizing the collection efforts on South Green. The items will be distributed, also at no charge, at the old New Marshfield school from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 5 and at 11 a.m. on May 7.

“We get clothes, bedding, appliances, personal items, shower things, furniture, and a little bit of everything,” noted 4-H adviser Connie Luellen. “We have run across so many students over the years who volunteer to help us during move-out. They help us load things, hold doors for us, they’re really wonderful. It’s a very positive experience.”

Eighteen tons of reusable items were gathered and distributed to people within the community in 2013, Ladd noted. “That’s in addition to approximately a half ton of food that was collected,” he said.

This year, Ladd is hoping to have the largest on-campus food drive in conjunction with move-out weekend.

“I expect this to be the largest food bank donation this University has ever seen,” Ladd said. “We printed 10,000 grocery bags with instructions on how to donate to the food bank. We collected a half ton of food last year without promoting the drive, and this year we’re working with Residential Life to get grocery bags to the residence hall directors and resident assistants. There are about 8,400 students in the dorms and every student should be handed a food bank bag with instructions.”

Food items can be dropped off at the following on-campus locations through Saturday, May 3: All residence hall lobbies on East, West and College Green, and the downstairs residence halls on South Green.

Food donations made on West Green and throughout the city will be delivered to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Food bank. All other on-campus food donations will be distributed by the Golden Gaits 4-H Club and Athens County Fair Board during their events.

“We box all the food and give away one box per family and they can get two pieces of furniture,” Hart said of the distribution event at the fairgrounds. “Needy families can drive up and get it and we don’t turn anybody away. We just think it’s a good deed for the fair board to help the community.”

Volunteers are still needed to help with move-out weekend. Anyone interested should email recycle@ohio.edu.

“We have a lot of volunteers who need things and they work to get a bag of groceries to put in their cabinets,” Luellen explained. “The 4-H kids volunteer and they’re learning to give back to the community. They’re also learning to ask themselves if they really need something. They’re asking, ‘It’s there, but just because you want it, do you need it?’”

On campus, students can drop off household items outside all residence halls on East, West, College, South Green and Bromley Hall starting on April 28.

In the city of Athens, drop-off sites are at the following locations:

  • Christ the King & Christ Lutheran on Mill Street , 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 1 to 3.
  • Train Depot, Union Street, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 1 to 3.
  • Family Dollar, Carpenter Street, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 1 to 3.
  • Athens County Historical Society, Court Street, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 to 3.
  • 353 Richland Ave., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1 to 3
  • First Christian Church, intersection of West State Street and Congress Street, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 1 to 3.
  • North Court and State Street next to Dumpster, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., May 2 to 3.
  • Near the end of Mill and McKinley Drive, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., May 2 to 3.

Food items can be dropped off at the following on-campus locations through Saturday, May 3: All residence hall lobbies on East, West and College Green, and the downstairs residence halls on South Green.

 

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