Students don’t have to throw away their extra clothing or dorm furniture at the end of this semester. Instead, they can swap it for something new at SALT’s Dead Day recycling event.
This annual event will be from noon-4 p.m. next Monday at the University Church parking lot. Students who bring items to swap or donate will also receive a voucher for a free Cajun Cone.
Amanda Buchanan, graduate student of counseling psychology from Lubbock, is on the SALT team heading the event.
“It’s basically like [a clothing swap] but for everything,” Buchanan said.
Students are encouraged to bring old clothing, personal dorm furniture and other accessories they planned to throw out. Students will be able to browse and take items in exchange for their own donations.
“It’s a really easy way to get rid of your stuff instead of trying to find some place to take it, ” Buchanan said. “While you can take stuff with you, we have so much stuff that’s left, and all of that stuff is donated to people who are in need.”
SALT is also accepting plastic bottles, aluminum cans and paper. Members of ACU’s Outdoor Club, who will be helping SALT staff with the event, will take these items to recycling bins later in the day.
The donations not selected by students will be given to the International Rescue Committee and the Camp of the Hills. SALT has worked with the IRC in the past and will be giving the furniture donations to them. Camp of the Hills contacted SALT this year and asked for clothing donations for campers to replace resources lost in the dining hall fire earlier this semester.
Buchanan said this event is not only a good way to find some new things but also a way to contribute to the community.
“It’s a big statement not only to our campus but to our community around us that says we are trying not to fill up the dumpsters with things people can use.”
According to the advertisement running on myACU, the items accepted at the Dead Day recycling event are: clothes, shoes, accessories, home decor, appliances, furniture and generic recycling products (glass, paper, plastic, cardboard and aluminum).