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SCRAM and Husky Neighborhood Cleanup
Transforming student moveout into a sustainable and charitable event.
By Cherilyn Winkler and Alex Credgington

June has been a very busy month for UW Recycling. This month we featured two sustainably focused events that assist the University in year-end student moveouts.

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SCRAM: Student Cleanup, Recycle and Moveout

SCRAM Tent2012 marked the ninth year of SCRAM: Student Cleanup, Recycle and Moveout. It’s a UW program that captures unwanted items from approximately 5,000 departing students who live in the residence halls. The goal of SCRAM is to divert reusable goods from the landfill and donate those items, such as food, books, clothing, household items, school supplies, and toiletries, to charitable organizations.

This year, SCRAM consisted of a donation station at each of the nine residence halls – McMahon, McCarty, Haggett, Hansee, Terry, Lander, Stevens Court, Poplar, and Cedar during the last days of the school year. All donation stations included instructional signs and collection containers to separate items. There was also space for donating large items like furniture and home theatre equipment.

Northwest Center and the University District Food Bank provided their own collection containers and service at each donation station. UW Recycling provided all other collection containers and monitored the stations daily. Reusable items that donation partners were not able to accept were given to UW Surplus for resale. Other items were collected by various charitable organizations.

In total, UW Recycling collected 18,807 pounds of reusable items. This included 38 kitchen appliances, 23 TVs, 15 printers, seven large bags of hangers, 15 pieces of furniture, 177 emergency backpacks, and more than 8,000 pounds of clothing. In addition, the University District Food Bank collected 1,535 pounds of food that would have otherwise gone to waste.

A special thanks to these organizations for their participation:

  • Northwest Center (clothing and household goods)
  • University District Food Bank (non-perishable food)
  • Real Change (toiletries and emergency backpacks)
  • Global Connections High School (school supplies)
  • InterConnection (electronics)

Household Goods Emergency Backpacks School Supplies Books Electronics

Husky Neighborhood Cleanup

UW Recycling continued its partnership with Seattle Public Utilities for Husky Neighborhood Cleanup, June 6, 7, 8 & 11, in the North Campus neighborhood. The purpose of this event is to relieve the alleyways of excess trash and allow for large items to be recycled, donated, or thrown away properly. Waste Management provided garbage services, UW Recycling collected recyclables, and Goodwill served as the on-site donations collection vendor.

The UW Office of Regional Relations distributed flyers advertising the event to all appropriate houses in the area, and Seattle Public Utilities mailed flyers to the surrounding community.

On each of the four collection days, a Waste Management compactor garbage truck, a UW recycling truck, and a Goodwill collection truck were staged on the grass median of NE 47th Street and 17th Avenue NE. Each truck was staffed with representatives to direct materials to the appropriate place.

UW Recycling is proud to work with the UW community and other partners to divert material from the landfill.

HNC Booth Carpet Recycling Education Donations


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Husky Neighborhood Cleanup