Spring Salvage

What is Spring Salvage?

Spring Salvage is an annual resource recovery/ waste diversion program held during undergraduate student move-out. The goal is to divert from the waste stream reusable materials during Yale student move out.  Students place reusable items such as books, lamps, beds, electronics, clothing and furniture in donation collection sites around Yale’s campus. Managed by Yale Recycling with support from the Office of Sustainability, the program has evolved since its inception in 2005. Since 2012, Yale has partnered with Easter Seals Goodwill Industries in Hamden, CT with direct donations for all materials.

 

In 2014, Yale held its tenth annual Spring Salvage over four weeks from April 28 through May 22, in the days leading up to and immediately following underclassmen move-out day (May 7) and senior class move-out day (May 20).

Spring Salvage Materials

The following materials can be donated through Spring Salvage to Easter Seals Goodwill Industries:

  • Soft Stuff: clothes, shoes, towels and bedding
  • Hard Stuff: books, electronics (broken or working), sporting equipment, housewares
  • Items to be placed near bins: chairs, bookshelves, beds, futon frames, other large items
  • Please NO: wet/soiled/mildewed fabrics, egg-crate foam, mattresses, undergarments, broken glass, broken furniture, trash

Spring Salvage 2014 Program Results

In 2014, 13 trailers were sent to Goodwill, with the following amounts of material:

  • Approx. 13,450 lbs textiles/linens
  • Approx. 10,992 lbs house wares (appliances, shoes, pillows, books, etc.)
  • Approx. 36,300 lbs furniture (lamps, daybeds, couches, etc.)
  • Total: 60,742 lbs (30.37 tons)

Spring Salvage 2013 Program Results

In 2013, 11 trailers were sent to Goodwill, with the following amounts of material:

  • Approx. 10,820 lbs textiles/linens
  • Approx. 8,495 lbs house wares (appliances, shoes, pillows, books, etc.)
  • Approx. 31,725 lbs furniture (lamps, daybeds, couches, etc.)
  • Total: 51,040 lbs (25.52 tons)

Progress from 2013 to 2014

Increase in donations: There was a 19% increase in donated materials (increase of 9,700 lbs or 4.85 tons) between 2013 and 2014. 

Decrease in trash: In 2013, 73.97 tons of trash was disposed of during undergraduate move-out.  In comparison, in 2014, 63.31 tons of trash was disposed of during the same timeframe. Between 2013 and 2014, the amount of trash was reduced by 10.66 tons, representing a 14.4% decrease. 

Decrease in total amount of material: It is also worth noting that the total combined amount of material disposed of via donations and trash was reduced from 2013 to 2014 by 5.81 tons, or 6%.

Contact

For more information, please contact Robert Ferretti, Yale Waste Systems Manager, at robert.ferretti@yale.edu.