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Hannah Tessler '14, Torian Pope '14 and Jaime Leiva '14 haul away their catch of the day during annual Cram & Scram. PHOTO: BY NANCY FORD PHOTO: BY NANCY FORD
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From Trash to Treasure

By Holly Foster
Posted August 29, 2012
Tags Cram and Scram Sustainability

Day one of the 5th annual Cram & Scram on Aug. 28 drew hundreds of students and Hamilton community members to Sage Rink for their chance to grab bargain furniture, rugs, lamps and more.

Spearheaded by Terry Hawkridge, assistant director of Grounds, Horticulture and Arboretum, Cram & Scram is a program created to recycle donated goods left behind by departing students at the end of the academic year. Hawkridge estimates that $8500 was taken in  on the first day of the sale.

At the end of the academic year, a team of student workers collect, sort, clean and test goods to be resold or donated to charity. In 2012, more than 9,000 tons of goods were given to the Salvation Army, Country Pantry, Steven-Swan Humane Society, Emmaus House and Prevent Child Abuse New York.  Cram & Scram has shrunk the college’s waste stream by 34 percent or almost 300 tons of waste in its five years of operation.
Among items for sale in the packed Sage Rink this year were pre-owned sofas, futons, chairs, tables, shelves, mini-fridges, microwaves, televisions, printers, electronics and kitchenware.

Cram and Scram continues today – Wednesday, Aug. 29 – from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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