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MSU expands move-out recycling to students adjacent to campus

Thursday, May 9, 2013

At thNew Garst Dining Center entrancee end of each academic year, as students prepare to move out of their residence halls, apartments or rental homes, they may have belongings that they do not want to take with them. For the past few years, Missouri State University’s residence life, housing and dining services has centralized end-of- semester collections of such items in the residence halls to support local charities.

This year, the university is extending that offer to students living adjacent to campus. “This is a great opportunity to promote the university’s sustainability initiative, contribute to our local community and reduce clutter being placed on streets in neighborhoods near campus,” said Gary Stewart, director of residence life, housing and dining services.  “This program reflects our desire to support sustainability and be a good neighbor and is yet another example of our public affairs mission in action.”

Residence life, housing and dining services currently works primarily with The Kitchen, which uses the items in their drop-in service locations, shelters or thrift stores. Kentwood and Sunvilla collections are being handled this year by Friends of Abilities First, which provides assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Items that these organizations accept and use include furniture, rugs, small appliances, lamps, clothing and books, as well as linens, non-perishable food items and partially-used containers of toiletry items such as shampoo. Items should be in usable condition.

Bins have been placed in the lobby of each residence hall for the students in those halls. Large items like furniture and carpet are being collected under the Blair-Shannon overhang. Students not living in residence halls are encouraged to take advantage of the Blair-Shannon drop-off location; small items will be collected there as well. The service will be available through May 18.

“I hope students will take advantage of this opportunity to be good neighbors,” Stewart said. “Of course, many other charitable organizations in town would welcome student donations as well.”

For more information about the move-out recycling program, contact residence life, housing and dining services at (417) 836-4987.

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