Moving out? Donate your stuff to Goodwill

Give and Go! logoIt’s finals time, which also means that it is time for the NIU “Give and Go!” project.

The goal of the Give and Go! project is to keep materials out of landfills by making it very easy to donate useable items to Goodwill.

Amid the chaos of student move outs, finals, and late night study sessions, it is often easier to throw away unwanted items instead of driving to a donation center.

Easy access to Goodwill donation bins not only conserves space in landfills, but it also saves NIU money in trash disposal fees, and encourages recycling.

In the spring, the Give and Go! project successfully collected and donated an astounding 6.6 tons of materials to Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois. This year, working with Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the Huskie Service Scholars, the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy, and Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois, organizers hope to continue last semester’s huge success.

Goodwill bins will be delivered Thursday, Dec. 5, to the residence halls.

These bins will be available in the lobbies of Gilbert Hall, Grant North, Stevenson South, Stevenson North, New Hall East, New Hall West, Douglas Hall, the breezeways of Neptune Central and staircases of the Northern View Community. The bins will remain available throughout the final exam period.

Accepted items include, but are not limited to, gently used clothing, furniture, housewares, blankets and electronics. Unaccepted items include tube televisions, chemicals, carpeting, guns and ammunition. For a full list of accepted and unaccepted donations, see the signs on the bins as well as the “Goodwill, Not Landfill!” posters in the residence halls.

For more information, email kquesnell@niu.edu.

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