Another Successful Cram & Scram Helps Decrease Landfill Load

Some of the items collected in May for Cram & Scram.
Some of the items collected in May for Cram & Scram.

In its third year, Cram & Scram has perfected the formula for reusing unwanted goods, and helping others in the process. Fifteen students from all class years worked many hours in the early days of summer break to collect more than 10,000 pounds of goods that have found new and happy homes, resulting in fewer deposits of these usable goods to a landfill. This year, Cram & Scram reduced landfill deposits by more than 40 percent—10 percent more than 2009. 

Just a few of Cram & Scram’s donations included:

  • 5,094 pounds of goods to the Salvation Army, almost half of which was clothing
  • 671 pounds of food to the Clark Mills Food pantry
  • 1,858 pounds total of bedding to the Hope House, Rescue Me (K9 Rescue), and the Stevens-Swann Humane Society
  • 98 pounds of toiletries and medications to the Emmaus House, a Women and Family Shelter
  • 2,234 pounds of books to Prevent Child Abuse New York
  • Two bicycles to the Underground Café 

The rest of the materials, packed into the four 48-foot tractor trailers, will be resold to students on August 24 and 25 at Sage Rink, before the fall 2010 semester begins.

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