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Drop and Swap

Drop and Swap is an annual year-end waste reduction program established by two English 400 students. The program allows students to do one of two things: donate unwanted items at the end of the academic year during move out or swap an item that they intend to donate for a previously donated item.

The goal of the program is to divert waste from the local landfill, and provide non-perishable food to FACES, the local food pantry, and gently used items to non-profit organizations, such as Madeline's House, Goodwill, Tail Waggers, and the ReStore.

The results of the program are as follows:

Drop & Swap

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Gently Used Items

-

6 TL*

6 TL

2 TL, 16 BC

3 TL, 20 BC

Non-Perishable Food

-

1,324 lbs.

877 lbs.

552 lbs.

216 lbs.

Landfill Trips

29

22

20

10

19

Landfill Waste

65.82 tons

38.91 tons

51.88 tons

25.51 tons

44.86 tons

Total Cost

$6,324.60

$4,661.85

$4,908.80

$2,439.35

$2,961.95

Savings

-

$1,662.75

($246.95)

$2,469.45

($522.60)

*TL is an abbreviation for full-size truck loads.
BC is an abbreviation for bagged clothes.
The parentheses indicates no savings.