Successful diversion

Chico State collects more than 20,000 pounds of student trash

School’s out and most of the moves are finished. Last week’s Diversion Excursion, orchestrated by Chico State’s University Housing and Food Service Grounds Department and the Associated Students Recycling Program, was a great success. The program, which aims to collect unused goods and divert them to be recycled or reused rather than sent to the landfill, picked up more than 20,000 pounds of junk—that’s 2,000 more than last year. About 160 volunteers visited the various drop-off sites and diverted:

• 6,000 pounds of clothing, books and dishes to ARC Thrift Store and the American Cancer Society Thrift Store

• 6,000 pounds of nonperishable food and clothing to the Esplanade House

• 5,000 pounds of recycled material

• 1,300 pounds of nonperishable food, cleaning supplies and clothing to the Torres Shelter

• 600 pounds of computer items to Computers for Classrooms

• 500 pounds of bed padding to the Square Deal Mattress Factory