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Otterbein University Faculty and Staff Dumpster Dive for Charity

April 22, 2016
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—The concept is simple: Strategically station Otterbein faculty and staff near residence hall dumpsters during student move-out days — April 28, 29 and May 2 — to help keep reusable items out of the dumpsters, sort those items, and donate them to local charitable organizations. 

The results are phenomenal: hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food along with truckloads of furniture, clothing and toiletries are donated to non-profit organizations such as WARM (Westerville Area Resource Ministry), Amethyst Women’s Shelter, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio and others. All while reducing the amount of move-out waste in campus dumpsters.

Each year, faculty and staff from departments across campus monitor and sort through dumpsters across campus, in what Associate Professor Kerry Strayer, the organizer of the Dumpster Dive, calls a “short term, low effort, high impact faculty service project.” The Department of Nursing faculty volunteers their time and the Department’s laundry machines to launder as many as 40 loads of clothes, sheets, towels and pillows each year, which are then donated to charities.

“When students move out of the dorms they throw away many usable things, most often items they just can’t fit in their cars,” Strayer said. “We try to make sure the items never end up in the dumpster.”

This year, in addition to monitoring the dumpster sites and sorting items, volunteers will hand out candy in the lobbies of residence halls in exchange for donations of reusable items in the two days leading up to move-out.

For more information about the Dumpster Dive for Charity, contact Jenny Hill at (614) 823-1284 or jhill@otterbein.edu.

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