Students moving out of the dorms this quarter don’t have to simply toss all of their unwanted belongings in the trash. For the third year in a row, the City of Savannah is partnering with Goodwill, SCAD, and Keep America Beautiful to provide ways for students to properly dispose, recycle, or donate their unwanted items. This initiative is part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, which is a national effort that focuses on beautification, recycling, and waste reduction.
Nathaniel Glover, Director for the Keep America Beautiful affiliate in Savannah says, “We are trying to reduce waste and the amount of stuff that is going into the landfill. We figure that if we work in partnership with SCAD and in partnership with Goodwill we can work at trying to stop that from happening.”
Pick-up will begin on May 31 and will last until June 4. Students can leave items for pick-up where refuse carts are normally located. Items can also be dropped off at the old Sears building parking lot at the intersection of Bull and Henry Streets between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sajah Aures, Public Information Administrator for the City of Savannah says that the event allows Goodwill to collect items that would otherwise go to the streets. “Be cognizant of what a reusable, gently used item is.” Aures says that used furniture and appliances are among the main items that get thrown away unnecessarily.
Glover advises that students make sure that the items that they do throw away are suitable for the landfill. This information can be found on the city website at www.savannahga.gov under the Sanitation Bureau section. Students who have other questions about the special pickup can call the City Service Helpline at 311, or 912-651-6565.
“We’re excited about it,” said Glover.
In addition to household and dorm items, students can donate lightly used art supplies such as paper pads, unfinished canvases, and pencils to the SCAD Buzz Bus.
Since 2o10, the bus has made monthly surprise stops to elementary and middle schools in the Savannah area to provide art supplies and encourage art education.
The program also hosts workshops and book readings for the schools. Past Buzz Bus stops have featured performances by the SCAD performing arts department and the drum line.
Supplies can be donated through May 30. There are multiple drop off locations including:
- Alexander Hall — in lobby near security desk
- Anderson Hall — in lobby near security desk
- D at The Hive — in lobby between office and computer lab
- Eckburg Hall — in lobby near security desk
- Eichberg Hall — in sheds’ lobby near security desk
- Oglethorpe House — in lobby near security desk
- Turner House — in walkway outside Turner Express
- Wallin Hall — in lobby near security desk
- W at The Hive — in hallway adjacent to coffee café
“We want to make sure that students in this community have an opportunity to be exposed to art and design,” said Erina Tandy, Director of External Relations at SCAD. Past Buzz Bus runs have included used book donations from the SCAD Library and art supplies donated by Ex Libris. The Buzz Bus drive this quarter focuses on used student art supplies.
The most recent SCAD Buzz Bus drive brought art supplies to Isle of Hope Elementary School, a school that has a $500 annual art supply budget for 750 students. Each Buzz Bus run is different, but the main purpose of the program is to provide a way for SCAD students to give back to the community in a tangible way.
Tandy encourages the SCAD community to get involved with the Buzz Bus. To the students who have already contributed to the drive she says, “Your generosity will not go unnoticed. Thousands of students will be benefiting from these things.”
For more information on how to be a part of the SCAD Buzz Bus, contact Erina Tandy at firstname.lastname@example.org.