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Laurier Student Move Out Program diverts tonnes of waste from landfill, assists charitable organizations

Waterloo – For the second consecutive year, Wilfrid Laurier University's Student Move Out Program on Laurier’s Waterloo campus will divert tonnes of waste from landfill and provide students with an opportunity to give back to the community.

The Student Move Out Program expands Laurier’s residence recycling program, giving students, including those who live off-campus, an opportunity to recycle unwanted goods as the school year comes to an end. Last year, the Student Move Out Program diverted more than four tonnes of waste from landfill.

"As a responsible community partner, Laurier wants to be a part of the solution when it comes to reducing the amount of waste that goes into our landfill," said Tyler Plante, outreach and program coordinator in Laurier's Sustainability Office. "After diverting a significant amount of waste last year, we hope to do even more through this year's event."

From Monday, April 17, through Saturday, April 22, students are being encouraged to bring unwanted and gently used furniture, household items, clothing, books, non-perishable food items and e-waste, including electronic devices and batteries, to parking lot 3A, located between the Athletic Complex and Alumni Field on Laurier's Waterloo campus.

Daily item drop-off collection will take place from noon until 4 p.m. from Monday, April 17, to Friday, April 21. On Saturday, April 22, the Student Move Out Program will conclude with a "Move Out Fair" running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The fair will include a barbecue with refreshments, a documentary screening tent, recycled board games and continued drop-off collection.

All items collected as part of the Student Move Out Program will be donated to local organizations or responsibly recycled.

Community partners participating in the Student Move Out Program include the Region of Waterloo’s Waste Management Division, the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, Tech Wreckers Inc., Textbooks for Change and the Mennonite Central Committee. University partners include Laurier Shinerama, Enactus Laurier and Laurier Students Offering Support, as well as the university's parking, transportation and athletics departments.

"We know students want to act responsibly in protecting the environment," Plante said. "This program gives them the opportunity to play a role in reducing the amount of waste that goes into our landfill while helping to keep our community clean. The more we can make a connection between students and the community, the more they will feel a sense of ownership and seize the opportunity to make an impact."

For more information about Laurier's Student Move Out Program, contact Tyler Plante, outreach and program coordinator in Laurier's Sustainability Office, at 519.884.0710 x4192, or visit the event's Facebook page. For more information about recycling at Laurier, visit wlu.ca/sustainability.



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