Plenty of options to donate unused items during apartment turnover
If you're thinking of tossing the contents of your kitchen or that old chair when you move out of your apartment this month — STOP.
The city of Champaign and local nonprofit agencies are once again offering plenty of options to recycle your old stuff.
Early August is a transition period for University of Illinois students living in fraternities, sororities or apartments, when old leases expire and new ones begin.
The city has scheduled two "Campus Turnover Recycle and Reuse Events," on Tuesday and Saturday in the Campustown area, to provide a convenient a place for residents moving out during "turnover week" to donate unwanted items that can be sold or reused.
And the University YMCA will collect items Aug. 14-17 for its 12th annual "Dump and Run" sale, scheduled for Aug. 24-25 at the UI Stock Pavilion.
The goals are to reduce the amount of materials going to landfills and support local non-profit agencies, city officials said.
"As we all know, things get a little bit messy with students moving in and out. We just want to give people an opportunity to help us keep things tidy during that time," said Elizabeth Hannan, administrative services manager for Champaign's Public Works Department.
The two city drop-off sites this week are:
— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the city parking lot behind 906-910 S. First St., C., sponsored by Roland Realty.
— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot at 201 E. Green St., C, sponsored by Campus Property Management.
The following items will be accepted: non-perishable food, furniture, appliances, electronics, backpacks, clothing, artwork, books and CDs. A "Feed the Thing" container will also be available for recyclables.
Donated items will go to Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Eastern Illinois Foodbank and University YMCA.
The University Y says its Dump and Run sale keeps up to six semi-trailers of unwanted goods out of the landfill each year. The sale ramped up its collections in May, taking over the UI's annual Housing Salvage Drive.
The Y will accept items this month at the UI Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave, U, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 to Aug. 16, and from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 17.
Construction materials, car seats, non-working electronics, large exercise equipment, sleeper sofas, televisions, stoves, washers, dryers and mattresses are not accepted.
The Y will takefurniture, dishes, glassware, pots & pans, small household appliances, computers, electronics, bicycles, office and school supplies, nearly new clothing, books, toiletries, lawn and garden items, artwork, vinyl records and CDs, musical instruments, sporting equipment and other household goods.
The Dump and Run sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 ($2 admission) and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 ($3 bag sale and half-price furniture). A "free sale" is scheduled for 2:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25.
For more information, please call 337-1599 or visit http://www.universityymca.org/dump_and_run/
Volunteers interested in helping with the Dump and Run sale can sign up at http://bit.ly/dumprun