Recycling household items makes Residence suites even sweeter for exchange students

September 5, 2019 | Campus Life

Markus Lindström arrived on campus August 28 to find a bin of handy household items waiting for him.

When students were busy packing up their rooms in MacEwan Residence last April, the Suite Score program – a partnership between Residence and the Office of Sustainability – helped make sure the more than 1,600 kilograms of items they no longer needed didn’t end up in the landfill.

“Students are always surprised by the high quality, brand new items that end up in the donations,” says Katlelyn Narain, manager of student housing. “They donate items and also take other residents’ donated items to reuse when they leave.”

But they’re always lots left over, so the Office of Sustainability teamed up with MacEwan International to create the Bedroom Recycling Program, an off-shoot of Suite Score, collecting as much of the surplus items as possible and repackaging them into starter boxes of useful household items for exchange students.

Now students from around the world, including business and economics student Markus Lindström from Sweden, are giving some of those unwanted household items a second life and using them to fill the drawers and cupboards in their MacEwan Residence suites.

Both Residence and the Office of Sustainability would love to see the program grow even further to offer high-quality items to all students in Residence.

“We hope to continue building capacity so that programs like Suite Score and our stationery recycling program, Stationery Station, can continue to divert useful items from landfills to students who are on a budget,” says Kerstyn Lane, outreach and engagement advisor with the Office of Sustainability. She encourages students interested in finding ways to help reduce waste reach out and consider joining the sustainability volunteer team.

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