Trash is Another's Treasure
Program aims to recycle
household items and reduce city landfill usage
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 14, 2004) -- The University
at Albany's Committee on University and Community
Relations is sponsoring the Trash to Treasure
Program to promote the recycling of reusable household
items and mitigate overuse of the city’s landfill.
The program encourages university students who
live in the Pine Hills, Beverwyck and other student-dense
neighborhoods to recycle items as they depart
for the summer break, and encourages landlords
and area residents to join the recycling program.
The Committee on University and Community Relations
comprises representatives from the University
at Albany, College of Saint Rose, City of Albany
Department of General Services, Albany Police
Department, and the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association.
"The students who make Albany their home
during the school year are an integral part of
our community. We appreciate the efforts of our
partners at UAlbany and Saint Rose to ensure a
positive quality of life transition for the neighborhoods
in which the students play such an important role,"
said Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings.
"We are pleased to work with City Hall and
the College of Saint Rose to make a positive transition
from the end of the school year to summertime,
and happy to continue to encourage the maintenance
of a high quality of life in areas with significant
concentrations of students," said UAlbany
Vice President for Student Affairs James P. Doellefeld.
"The idea is an attempt to be creative in
providing a method for students to clean house
and provide benefits and resources to lower-income
families and organizations. The partnership is
a win-win solution for the neighborhoods, the
universities and the city," said Henry M.
Madej, president of the Pine Hills Neighborhood
The program encourages the recycling of furniture,
lamps, electronics, bedding, clothing, clothing
accessories, jewelry, books, office supplies,
and other household items. The committee's partner
in the Trash to Treasure Program, the Salvation
Army, will pick up items in the evening of May
18, coinciding with the City of Albany's annual
Neighborhood Spring Cleanup Days (beginning May
16 in the same areas). Residents will place recyclable
items curbside, separated from refuse.
For specific information on the Trash to Treasure
Program, call 442-3130. For questions about Albany's
Neighborhood Spring Cleanup Days, visit www.albanyny.org
or call 434-CITY.