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Residential Life encourages students to donate reusable goods and textbooks

May 7, 2010

The Office of Residential Life has kicked off a year-end recycling campaign and is asking students to donate their reusable goods and old textbooks rather than tossing them in the trash.

For the book recycling drive, Residential Life is partnering with Better World Books, an international book recycling organization with connections in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Students can participate in the book buy-back program through the University Bookstore as usual, but are strongly encouraged to donate any book that the bookstore will not purchase to the recycling drive. Collection boxes will be located near the book buy-back area in the bookstore and in each residence hall lobby.

Better World Books, with the help of universities across the country, collects and sells used books to help global literacy programs. This year, Residential Life has chosen to have the recycling campaign proceeds benefit Plan USA, a nonprofit organization that supports the rebuilding of the education system in Haiti.

During the recycling campaign, students departing for the summer are also encouraged to donate any unwanted reusable goods such as clothing, shoes, school supplies, lamps, rugs, small furniture and appliances. There will be a large donation collection truck in the Mercy Hall parking lot all week, until Sunday, May 9.

On Monday, May 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Danna Center’s St. Charles Room, members of the Loyola community are invited to look through the donations for items that would be useful to them. A university ID is required. All remaining items will be donated to the St. Bernard Community Center.

For more information about the recycling campaign, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Erik Kjosness at 504-865-3578 or edkjosne@loyno.edu.

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