Discarded dorm items to be put to good use at UMass

Students donate items, which will be put to use in tag sale

Students browse donated items at the New2U tag sale in September of 2016.

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – While students move out of their dorms and apartments, UMass Amherst has found an innovative way to turn trash into treasure.

For the fourth year, students are able to take what they don’t want anymore and donate it to future students. It’s called the New2U move-out collection program. Thursday afternoon, tents were stationed outside the Southwest Residential Area, collecting gently-used items, from clothes to school supplies, to electronics.

Those donated items will be stored over the summer in trucks stationed on campus. Come fall, the cleaned items will be sold in a back-to-school tag sale.

“It’s about getting them to ingrain in their minds that re-usability is a thing, and just because you can’t use it, doesn’t mean someone else can’t,” New2U coordinator Ainsley Bronson-Smith said.

Last year, the University made $11,000. That money raised goes to the Sustainability Innovation and Engagement Fund, and items that are not sold are donated to the Amherst Survival Center, the Goodwill, or the Salvation Army.