Residence halls, offices, and classrooms make up the majority of municipal solid waste remaining at UIC. Collectivity these buildings produce significant quantities of waste. Of particular concern to waste streams is move out day when mass quantities of furniture, school supplies, etc. are thrown out. When offices move or go paperless and digitize they can also produce substantial waste materials. To promote more shareable economies many of these items could be collected by UIC, charitable organizations, thrift stores, and/or advertised online. These items could be reused or repurposed by artists, residents, teachers, and nonprofits to help connect communities to new conceptions of waste products.
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This is directly in line with a shareable economy mantra and is similar to nutrient/decomposition cycles in our natural environments, where nearly every resource is reused and redistributed for another purpose, unlike landfilling.
Despite the OFS efforts the UIC Free Store is not abundantly trafficked by students and many of the items fail to find a new home. This could be because it is located on the West side of campus, which is less frequented by the majority of the student body. Most of the items that are donated are office supply materials. The Free Store is also limited by space and does not except furniture or clothing. Donating unused papers and folders to local schools or cassette tapes to artist communities, for example, could help foster ties to local communities. Expanding some of the services may require more space but will help generate interest and promote more shareable economies.
4.2 Best Practices-
Donating Move Out Day Waste
Brown University leads a massive collection effort to donate materials students leave behind on move out day. The materials collected include everything from furniture, appliances, clothing, to non-perishable food. All members of the campus community can drop off donation materials at any of 13 donations stations positioned around campus. The locations have designated