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Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2011
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STARS v1.1

Western University
OP-T2-43: Move-Out Waste Reduction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Brandon Watson
Communications and Training Officer
Physical Plant and Capital Planning Services
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Does the institution have a program to reduce residence hall move-out waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the program:

The move-out waste program is coordinated by Housing Staff. They arrange for large boxes to be placed at the front lobby area of each residence. Clothing/small furnishings, and even office supplies collected are donated to charity.
Housing also collects any non-perishable food items to be sent to the London Food Bank.

In the apartments, Housing runs a program where exchange and international students can drop off items like small appliances, utensils, etc. These items are stored and the following year they are made available to new exchange/international students so they do not have to purchase all new items that only get used for a few months.

The Off-Campus Housing Office also runs a "take it or leave it" program. People can "shop" for good furniture or leave behind stuff they do not need. This is operated in conjunction with a program to provide large bins that can be used by off-campus students rather than leaving garbage on the street and annoying neighbors.

Also, Western encourages students to start cleaning their rooms and bringing things home around Easter to decrease the amount of things they will have to move or dispose at the end of the year.


The website URL where information about the program is available:
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