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ASU Residence Hall ‘Trash’ Takes Detour

May 11, 2011

A revamped recycling program in several Angelo State University residence halls has collected hundreds of pounds of items left behind by departing students for donation to local nonprofit agencies.

Instead of going to the landfill, 876 pounds of discarded clothes and other items will be upgraded from trash to treasure, thanks to the project by ASU’s Residential Programs Office, to help support beneficial community organizations like Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army.

Spearheaded by Shawn Gentry, assistant director of residential facilities, the project is part of a series of new recycling initiatives under way at ASU. Clothing collection boxes have been in the residence halls in the past, but this year’s drive was more organized by student-led committees at the Centennial Village, Mary Massie Hall and Texan Hall residence facilities.

By collecting recyclable items, the program also helps reduce university trash disposal expenditures, which are based on weight.

Next year, the recycling program will expand to all ASU residence halls, and an education component will be added detailing where the collected items will go, what they will be used for and why the program is helpful.

For more information, call Gentry at 942-2733.