Trash 2 Treasure

PLAN at UNH

Get Involved

We hold weekly planning meetings on Thursdays at 6pm in MUB 139.

Contact

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (603) 862-2343

About

UNH Trash 2 Treasure is PLAN’s pilot program and represents the first student-led, self-sustaining campus waste reduction program in the country.

Trash 2 Treasure, a program of UNH’s Student Environmental Action Committee, was started in 2011 when a group of undergraduates noticed dumpsters overflowing with waste at the end of the school year. They learned that when students move out each May, the amount of waste sent to the local landfill jumped from a monthly average of 25 tons to a whopping 105 tons.

To end this cycle of waste, they created a program to collect and resell useable items on campus. In its first three year, the program has been an enormous success, diverting over 100 tons of waste from local landfills and changing the way UNH students think about trash.

Donate Your Items

Collections take place every May during move-out.

We set up drop-off locations in the lobby of every dorm. In four buildings, the drop-off location is located in a common area other than the lobby. Those locations are:

  • Adams Tower West: Kiosk outside main entrance
  • Woodsides: Community Center Lounge
  • Gables: Community Center Lounge
  • Upper Quad: The “Niche” Lounge

We also collect items from off-campus housing in Durham. To schedule a pick-up, call our office at (603) 862-2343 and leave a message with your name, phone number, address, and info about the items you’d like us to pick up. Please allow at least 24 hours notice before you would like your items picked up.

This is an incomplete list intended to give a sense of what we accept. We will take anything that’s useable and doesn’t appear on the “not accepted” list below.

  • Electronics: Televisions, lamps, microwaves, dorm fridges, printers, fans, speakers, stereos, DVD players, game systems, kitchen appliances, alarm clocks
  • Furniture: Desks, tables, couches, chairs, futons, floor rugs
  • Dorm Gear: Cleaning supplies, mirrors, corkboards, whiteboards, posters, closet organizers, desk organizers, bed risers, shower caddies, trash cans
  • Clothing: Clothes, shoes, accessories, costumes, sporting gear
  • School Supplies: Books, binders, notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, staplers
  • Non-perishable food

WE DO NOT ACCEPT: Hazardous materials, bedding, pillows, mattresses

Move-In Sale

At the Trash 2 Treasure sale over move-in weekend, we sell thousands of useable items donated or ditched by last year’s outgoing students. The sale includes furniture, electronics, clothing and accessories, school supplies, dishware and kitchen appliances, decorations, and much, much more.

The 2014 move-in sale will take place August 30 – September 1 in the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham.

Year-Round

We’re continuing to expand opportunities to reduce waste year round.

Electronic waste: We collect and safely dispose of broken electronic items periodically throughout the school year. E-waste collection sites are set up in the lobbies of dorms before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring breaks.

Costume collection: We collect Halloween costumes and decorations at drop-off sites in the lobbies of dorms before Thanksgiving break. We resell those items at a seperate Halloween sale each year.

Local Sponsors

Our thanks to the following UNH departments and local businesses whose support and donations helped get Trash 2 Treasure off the ground:

University of New Hampshire: Sustainability Institute // Parent’s Association // Housing Office // Residential Life // Facilities & Operations // Grounds & Roads // UNH Police Department // Memorial Union Building // Dining Services // Student Activity Fee Office // Student Organization Services

Businesses in Durham, NH: ZESstudio // Durham Book Exchange // Wildcat Pizza // Hayden’s Sports // The Bagelry // Bindy’s Boutique // Young’s Restaurant // Pauly’s Pockets // Idea Greenhouse // Health Spirit Center // Irving Gas // Gibbs Gas

Businesses in Dover, NH: Habitat for Humanity Restore // Cocheco Print Works // Noggin Factory // La Festa // Ralph’s House of Tone // Adelle’s Coffee // The Herbal Path // Acorn Organic Salon // Seacoast Energy Alternatives // Naked Plates // Indoor Ascent Climbing Gym // Simply Green

Business in Exeter, NH: Loaf & Ladle // Santerre’s Stones ‘N Stuff // Tranquility Salon & Spa // Exeter Events & Tents // Las Olas Taqueria // Divine Café & Grill // Starry Brook Natural Medicine // Serendipity Boutique of Exeter // Exeter Lumber // Consignment Sales // A Pictures Worth a Thousand Words // Chelsea Green Publishing

Business in Newmarket, NH: Concetta’s Closet // Rocky’s Famous Burgers // The Riverworks Restaurant // The Big Bean Café

Business in Portsmouth, NH: The Green Alliance // EarthTec // Jumpin’ Jays Fish Café // EcoMovement

Me & Ollies // The Friendly Toast // RiverRun Bookstore // Tugboat Alley // Smuttynose Brewery // G’Williker’s // The Green Tee // Greenovations // Cuzin Richard Entertainment Associates // Bull Moose // U-Haul // Portsmouth

Cornerstone Tree Care // Isles of Shoals // Portsmouth Gaslight Company // Strawbery Banke Museum // The Rosa Restaurant // Prelude // Firefly Pottery // Hobo’s Tattoos

Other local businesses: Robert’s Maine Grill & Market // Beach Pea Baking Company // Atlantic Home Systems // Nicely Done // Fiddlestick’s Antiques // Pixels & Pulp // The Refinery // Lee Circle Antiques // Log Cabin Antiques // Energy Audits Unlimited // Three Sisters Antiques // Carriage Towne Antiques // Showcase Consignments // Seacoast Science Center // The Eagle // Brentwood Antiques // The Gabriele Foundation // Scythe Supply