Post-Landfill Action Network Breaks Records, Attracts Donor

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Students at the University of New Hampshire host a giant yard sale each fall to keep last year’s waste out of landfills. Photo: Dan Mannarino/Trash 2 Treasure

Students at the University of New Hampshire host a giant yard sale each fall to keep last year’s waste out of landfills. Photo: Dan Mannarino/Trash 2 Treasure

Last month, we wrote about the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a student-led nonprofit started at the University of New Hampshire that launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to promote waste reduction on college campuses. Since then, PLAN has achieved success with both funding and eliminating waste.

In late August, UNH’s third annual yard sale, put on by PLAN’s pilot program Trash 2 Treasure, took place to encourage new and returning students at the school to opt for used items when furnishing and decorating their dorm rooms and apartments. This event was the largest yard sale the group has hosted yet, with $22,000 raised and about 45 tons of usable materials diverted from landfills. All items sold at the sale were collected at the end of the previous semester in May. The three-year total for waste diverted from landfills now stands at 110 tons.

Take a look at a time-lapse video showing the setup, sale and teardown:

The group, led by recent UNH graduate Alex Freid, plans to assist other campuses in reducing waste by employing similar methods to those used in New Hampshire.

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