Chico State students are on the move, clearing out dorm rooms as the semester comes to an end, and two university run programs are helping them with one thing in mind. " To encourage residents to divert usable goods from the landfills so everything doesn't end up in the trash" explained Lucia Garza with Housing & Food Services.
The university's Housing & Food Service Department along with A.S. recycling hosts their tenth annual Diversion Excursion organized to keep reusable items out of the trash. "I would see all the trash that was thrown out and the dumpsters were overflowing and it was really driving me crazy" stressed Lucia Garza.
More than nineteen-hundred students will be moved out of the seven housing facilities around campus and educating students on recycling is a main goal of volunteers." I was interested in making a difference on campus, and having the freshman realize that they can donate so much of their stuff" stated Dana Kent, an intern of the organization.
More importantly, those products are redistributed back to non-profit charities. Everything from bedding material to dish soap is donated. " My room for next year is a lot bigger, so I'll never be able to use the bedding again, I have laundry detergent at home, I figured it would be better to give it to someone else" explained Chico State student Ashley Scott.
Organizers say students are very generous when it comes to donating products they can easily replace after a move, but they still leave students with one piece of advice. " Be more conscious about items that are still reusable for people who are less fortunate as well as have a better idea as to what's actually recyclable" said Lucia Garza.