Items students left behind sold, donated to charity - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Items students left behind sold, donated to charity

USC employee loads flat screen TV into Give it up for Good donation truck USC employee loads flat screen TV into Give it up for Good donation truck

Microwave. Television. Vacuum cleaner. Dorm-size refrigerator. All left behind by students living in the residence halls at the University of South Carolina.

But instead of taking up space in a landfill, those items that are disposable to students can end up in your home.

"We started this program around 12 years ago when we were noticing just how much stuff was left behind by students as they moved out of the residence halls," said Margaret Bounds, Coordinator for Environmental Sustainability University Housing and Facilities Management.

"Everything was basically going to trash dumps or into the landfill and our custodial staff had to spend days just kind of bringing everything out of the building," she said.

As the semester closes, Give it Up for Good boxes are placed in the residence halls for students to place their unwanted items. In the past four years, about 30,000 pounds of goods have been gathered annually.

Food is donated to Harvest Hope. The rest will be sold at a yard sale on May 24th. Last year the sale raised $4,500 for Habitat for Humanity.

"All of the microwaves and mini-fridges, sort of appliance things usually get sold," said Bounds. "We always have a lot of clothing left over so we do then distribute that to other local charities like Salvation Army or Goodwill."

Bounds said they usually gather about 20 truckloads of the items. While waiting for the yard sale, PODS donates six portable storage bins to hold the merchandise.

Like others, Bounds is amazed at the things students throw away.

"Every year it surprises me even though I know what's coming," Bounds said. "Especially things like mini-fridges and microwaves that are expensive items in the first place. I'm amazed that they leave them behind and always wonder when they get home if their parents are like, 'Where's your microwave?' and they're like, 'Oh, I left it.'"

So Mom and Dad, if your want your little Gamecock's microwave back, the yard sale is Saturday May 24th at the Greene Street Intramural Field from 8 am- 1 pm.

Follow WIS:    

Copyright 2014 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Giuliani says White House wants briefing on classified info

    Giuliani says White House wants briefing on classified info

    Saturday, May 26 2018 1:13 AM EDT2018-05-26 05:13:07 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:14 AM EDT2018-05-26 06:14:00 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks in Washington.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks in Washington.
    President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified materials shared with lawmakers.More >>
    President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified materials shared with lawmakers.More >>
  • Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:02:34 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:05 AM EDT2018-05-26 06:05:26 GMT
    (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.(Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    More >>

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    More >>
  • Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:22:30 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:04 AM EDT2018-05-26 06:04:20 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly