By Mike LaCrosse
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) – The hours or studying for finals are over, the grades are in and the students are gone for the summer.
The mass exodus is routine for the University of Massachusetts, but this year students left campus a little greener.
This year, UMass held the first sustainable move-out. The move-out is a collaboration between student leaders, the physical plant, Waste Management and Housing Services.
“There is a big issue we need to grapple with what can we be recycling and donating and this effort was to really cut away 9th extra amount of trash we go through,” said Josh Stoffel, UMass Sustainable Coordinator.
Over 150,000 tons of trash get thrown out of the UMass dorms each year, most of which gets sent to a landfill.
To cut that number down the move out program had students put their unwanted items into special bins instead of the trash. The items are then sent off. Some are donated to local shelters like the Amherst Survival Center and the Salvation Army, while others are sent to be reprocessed and re-used.
Stoffel hopes the program will continue to grow each year.