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04-11-2016

Clarkson University's Take It or Leave It Program Encourages Recycling as Students Move Out for Summer

Clarkson University is teaming up with College Move Out Week once again to combat the amount of waste left behind as college students leave campus after the spring semester.

Take It or Leave ItFor the second year, areas will be designated throughout campus during the final days of the semester for students to drop off any unwanted items that could be reused or recycled. These items will be collected and sorted for Clarkson's Take It or Leave It program from April 27 to May 9, and then the unclaimed items will be donated to local and statewide charities.

College Move Out Week is a regional program that aims to reduce the amount of recyclable and reusable goods entering landfills and instead donate them. Items that are frequently left behind include clothing, linens, household goods, furniture, food and electronics.

The program helps students learn the benefits of reuse and recycling, reduce their impact on the waste stream, and appreciate the value of goods redirected to others in need.

Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton each have unique and independent College Move Out Week programs on campus to collect items from students who are moving out at the end of the semester. The St. Lawrence County Planning Office also will provide logistical support and outreach to students.

A total of six roll-off containers -- approximately 3,000 cubic feet -- of reusable goods were collected from Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University and SUNY Potsdam last year and donated to charities, including Rescue Mission Alliance, Helping Hands of Potsdam, and the C.O.R.C. Thrift Store in Potsdam, N.Y.

For more information on College Move Out Week, contact the St. Lawrence County Planning Office at 315-379-2292.

For more information on Clarkson's sustainability initiatives, visit www.clarkson.edu/green .

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Faculty, staff and students at Clarkson University are teaming up with College Move Out Week this year to combat the amount of waste left behind as college students leave campus after the spring semester. Items will be collected and sorted for Clarkson's Take It or Leave It program from April 27 to May 9, and then the unclaimed items will be donated to local and statewide charities.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/takeitleaveit-2015.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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