This week’s Quest to re-invest winner is UNH, SEAC Trash to Treasure Yard Sale. As a supporter of green living and environmental sustainability we are... Read More
This week’s Quest to re-invest winner is UNH, SEAC Trash to Treasure Yard Sale. As a supporter of green living and environmental sustainability we are happy to supply the yard sale with the large tent required to keep all the merchandise protected. At UNH, students throw away an immense amount of usable material at the end of the year. The approximate 6,000 students that live on campus (half the students that go to UNH) throw away about 25 tons of trash per month. However in May, that number rises dramatically to 121 tons due to move-out waste. Last year, the University of New Hampshire had 13 extra 30-yard dumpsters delivered to campus just to handle move-out waste. The total cost to pay for the disposal of the extra amount dumped each May is over $5000 dollars!
In an effort to reduce UNH’s impact on landfills, the UNH Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) has initiated a new program called Trash 2 Treasure (T2T). We collect all of the stuff that students throw away each year, store it all over the summer, and then hold a large 3-day yard sale during move-in weekend to sell it all back to students. Our goal is to create a sustainable program where we will be able to run the program next year with the money we make at the yard sale this year, and so on, for years to come.
The yard sale will take place during move-in weekend every year and is held under a large tent. The fall yard sale will take place on August 26th-28th, 2011 from 9am to 5pm during move-in weekend 50×130 foot canopy tent set up on the Fishbowl Lawn across the street from Thompson Hall on Main Street (across from T-Hall Lawn). On Saturday the yard sale will not open until 11am.
We have a deal with the UNH Police that because move-in weekend is such a busy time on campus, our yard sale is supposed to generate as little traffic as possible (which is also environmentally friendly!). Therefore, this will be a NO VEHICLES event. No parking will be available! We ask that if you are interested in coming to the yard sale that you walk or bike there.
Members of SEAC will be sleeping outside underneath the tent at night to keep an eye on our merchandise during the yard sale. We will be in great need of volunteers to help us run the yard sale as well!