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Recycled

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The things they leave behind

Photo by Lee Pellegrini

Photo by Lee Pellegrini

For three days preceding and including Commencement, 85 Boston College alumni, faculty, staff, and community volunteers fanned out through the University's lower campus residence halls, wheeling chest-high recycling bins. They were part of Cleansweep, a program begun by the Alumni Association in 1992 to collect donated items from departing seniors and undergraduates for redistribution by local charities.

An estimated 50,000 usable pieces of furniture, stuffed animals, art and music equipment, luggage, and much else were transported to the Rec Plex basketball court and first-floor lounge of Edmond's Hall for sorting. On the day following graduation, representatives from 40 Greater Boston charities arrived to pick up the donations. The following is a partial accounting of the goods:

  • 92 packing boxes of canned and dry food goods
  • 30 microfridges
  • 16 pairs of crutches
  • 15 floor-length mirrors
  • 11 Wiffle-ball bats
  • seven boxes of plastic hangers, each five feet tall
  • Sega Genesis, with six games
  • copies of Anna Karenina, The Selected Writings of Karl Marx, Nicomachean Ethics, and The Divine Comedy
  • box containing red leather boots and fairy wings
  • life-size cardboard cutout of Will Ferrell, from the movie Elf
  • Scooby Doo costume, size large
  • Christmas in Branson, MO, a music CD
  • Pilates workout video
  • large bowl of quarters

 


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