Current Initiatives - Waste Reduction and Management
Give and GO Program: What you don't want, someone else might need. Give and Go is a program designed to
capture the used goods that students leave behind at the end of the year and bring
it to a local nonprofit where the goods can be reused or resold. This program diverts
tons of material from the landfill and gives Skidmore students an opportunity to give
back to their community. Give and Go has helped Skidmore significantly reduce the
amount of waste produced at the end of the spring semester.
In years past, the program has donated used goods to the Salvation Army, the Skidmore-Haiti
Initiative, the Backstretch Employee Service Team, and The Captain Program.
Recycling: Skidmore recycles or reuses mixed office paper, newspaper, magazines, cardboard,
plastic, glass, aluminum cans, electronics, batteries and some furniture. In 2006,
Skidmore improved the recycling program by purchasing more recycling containers and
hiring four students to serve as recycling coordinators/educators in addition to the
facilities recycling staff. Skidmore also donates used Skidmore cell phones to a local
charitable organization. Skidmore also recycles its asphalt for road base and shoulders.
Please click here for the Skidmore recycling website.
Dorm Renovation Project Donation: This summer Skidmore donated 144 beds, desks, chairs and bureaus to several local
Skidmore Trash Audit: On April 18, 2008 the Skidmore Environmental Action Club performed a trash audit
by sorting through 30 bags of waste from academic and residential buildings on campus.
They separated the contents into mixed recycling, paper and trash on Case Green. The
purpose of the activity was to raise awareness about our recycling program and help
people realize how much of our trash is recyclable. During the trash audit, Skidmore
community members engaged in conversations about our recycling program and saw firsthand
some of the recyclable materials our community throws away.