Hoosier reusers: Indiana University's Hoosier-to-Hoosier reuse intiative

Ever been around a college or university campus when students are moving out of the dorms and campus apartments? Overflowing dumpsters were no doubt a part of the scene. Not only do those dumpsters represent a huge waste of material, but probably also significant costs for schools.

Indiana University in Bloomington decided last year to make the end-of-the-semester trash bonanza a part of its sustainability initiatives, and launched its Hoosier-to-Hoosier reuse program. The idea: give students a place to drop off the second-hand furniture, small appliances, and other items, sort them, and then sell them… some back to students themselves. Proceeds go to the local United Way and Habitat for Humanity.

Turns out it was a good idea: the inaugural effort netted “five semi-trailers full of items, and the sale raised $10,000…” This year, the August sale will be a part of broader community effort, the Bloomington Resale Trail, a “city-wide garage sale.” Want to find out more? Visit the H2H Facebook page.

This strikes me as a brilliant idea… I know we were always looking for good, cheap second-hand items in college. If you’ve participated in Hoosier-to-Hoosier, or a similar program, let us know about it.

via The Republic


Image credit: Indiana University Office of Sustainability