Last spring the University of Colorado at Boulder, DU, Metro State, School of Mines and Regis University worked with Goodwill Industries to collect unwanted items when students moved out. Between the five universities, 70,000 pounds of items were collected. The items included everything from clothing and electronics to sports equipment and furniture.
The University of Colorado at Boulder collected a staggering 42,000 pounds of donations for Goodwill.
While the environmental benefits of keeping those materials out of landfills are obvious there are also economic benefits to the community.
"The amount of 70,000 pounds donated translates roughly into about $35,000 invested in Goodwill programs, and that can impact hundreds of lives," says Mike Pritchard, Vice President of Business Development for Goodwill Industries in Denver. "For individuals looking for jobs, looking how to improve their resume, interview skills, how to find a job, Goodwill is there for 18,000 individuals in our community throughout the year."
Goodwill pays the universities a fee to help cover the cost of labor and marketing the program on campus. The universities also benefit because they no longer have to pay the trash hauling cost to transport the items to a landfill.
The success of the program has Goodwill looking at ways to grow the program. They are looking into the possibility of setting up collection bins for winter move-outs.
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