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Give-and-take makes for sustainable move-out from residence halls

The Give and Take program, implemented by Housing and Residence Life during move-out from UW-Eau Claire's residence halls, allows the 4,000 students living on campus to bring items they don't want to tents located outside their residence halls — and to take away items they do want.

Of the materials collected, Housing and Residence Life recycles broken electronics, carpeting, cardboard and scrap metal from broken futons. Unwanted clothing, school supplies, toiletries and food are collected and donated to the community, said Kate Hartsel, sustainability coordinator for Housing and Residence Life. 

This year, in addition to items that were recycled, 368 pounds of food were donated to UW-Eau Claire's Campus Harvest Food Pantry and another 688 pounds was donated to the Feed My People Food Bank. The Eau Claire Area School District received 302 pounds of school supplies for students; 84 pounds of shampoo, soap and other personal items were donated to Positive Avenues, a day shelter for people who are homeless; and 753 pounds of clothing were given to The King's Closet, a nonprofit organization that provides free clothing to individuals in need in the Chippewa Valley.