"Reuse" is the byword at Spring Salvage Donation Days

As they leave campus for the summer or for the wider world, students leave behind a treasure trove of items — everything from clocks to fridges, lamps, televisions and more.

To ensure that these still very functional items find reuse with new owners, Yale Recycling and the Office of Sustainability are making them available free of charge to Yale community members and representatives of New Haven area charitable organizations during Spring Salvage Donation Days on Wednesdays, May 18 and June 1.

The items will be available for pick-up 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day at Ingalls Rink, 73 Sachem St. The warehouse will be “re-stocked” between donation days so the inventory “will be just as good if not better on the second day,” say event organizers.

Members of the Yale community may take items for their departmental or personal use; they will need to bring a valid Yale I.D. Representatives of New Haven area charitable organizations must bring proof of 501(c)(3) status. Others without proper ID will not be admitted.

Items will only be available for pick up during the designated Spring Salvage Donation Day dates and times. No one will be given access to the items beforehand, or after the event. Those who plan to pick up large donations (such as furniture) should bring a vehicle big enough to transport the items from the warehouse. Items cannot be held after the donation day.

Last year nearly $200,000 worth of goods were made available to the New Haven community through this effort.

A list of commonly donated items follows; it does not guarantee all these items will be available this year:

Backpacks/Carrying Bags
Baskets
Bed Frame
Bed Raisers
Books
Chairs
Cleaning Supplies
Clocks
Computer cords
Couches
Crutches
Desk lamps
Fans
Folding chairs
Fridges
Futon pads and futons
Bedding/clothing
Ironing boards
Kitchen items
Lamp shades
Laundry racks
Metal desks
Metal lockers
Microwaves
Mirrors
Mops/brooms
Mugs
Office chairs
Office/school supplies
Ottomans
Phones
Plastic bins
Plastic storage
Printers
Rugs
Shelves
Shoe racks
Shoes
Standing
Lamps
Tables
Televisions
Toys
Trash cans
Trunks
Umbrellas
Vacuums
White boards/cork boards
Window screens

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