Savannah is making an extra effort to recycle items typically thrown away every year by college students leaving the city for summer break.
At the end of May, the city plans to partner with the Savannah College of Art and Design, as well as Goodwill and Keep Savannah Beautiful, to keep the usual piles couches, microwave ovens and other goods from going straight to the landfill.
City Sanitation Outreach and Education Coordinator Nathaniel Glover says many items that would normally go to waste can be reused.
"Much of this furniture is perfectly usable, and can find new life in the homes of families who need it,” says Glover.
From May 31 to June 4, students will be able to arrange for free pickup of furniture and appliances.
Dump trucks will make rounds of neighborhoods near the downtown campus.
Tammie Blaha, Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, says students can also bring items for pickup at the old Sears building parking lot on Henry Street.
“Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is proud and excited to partner with the SCAD students that are making a difference in the community through their donations,” says Blaha.
Goodwill will have staff at a drop-off site to sift through discarded items for goods that can be reused.
Contributors: Larissa Allen contributed to this report.