Move-in and move-out days create large amounts of unnecessary waste for colleges across the country. OrangeMove is a program that educates students on how to move in and out of their college residential hall sustainably. These helpful tips will help you to be more green:
Wrap breakables in clothing or used newspaper instead of bubble wrap. This will help reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste that is created on move in days.
Pack your belongings in reusable bags, totes, or previously used boxes. At move-out time, The Wartburg Store provides some strong boxes for student use.
Prior to returning to campus in the fall, Wartburg students are educated on how to move into their residential halls sustainably. During move-in days volunteers reduce the amount of space cardboard takes up in the cardboard recycling areas by cutting down boxes. Other Move-in tips include:
Looking for the Energy Star label when purchasing appliances. These appliances have been certified by the US government to have superior energy efficiency.
Talk to your roommate(s). For items that can be shared between your room or suite, save yourself money and space and only bring one.
Bring a plant! Plants not only make your room or suite feel more like home, they also keep the air fresh.
Pack reusable containers and utensils. Bring a reusable water bottle or coffee mug to use around campus. Discounts are offered at Wartburg Dining locations for students who bring their own container!
When you are finished unpacking make sure to break down your boxes and place them in a “cardboard only” dumpster.
Donation stations are located in each residential hall’s lounge the last week of Winter Term and May Term. Students can donate unwanted, gently used items from their room by placing items in designated areas within each lounge. At the end of the week, volunteers pick-up and deliver collected items from the residential halls to local thrift stores. Items that students cannot donate can be recycled at each residential hall’s recycling station.