They are the comforts of home for college students at RIT. From furniture to cleaning supplies, hundreds of items are up for grabs at a bargain price.
“It’s amazing when students have an idea and you get to see them execute it,” said Enid Cardinal, RIT Senior Sustainability Advisor. “And how much hard work they put in.”
The event is called Goodbye, Good Buy. The giant sale happens at the beginning of the semester, but the work starts at the end of the school year.
“We run around with a team of about 200 volunteers, gather it up, sort it, price it, test it, clean it, bed bug treat it,” said environmental sustainability student Evan Zachary. “And then we have a big sale to try to get as much of it back into the community as we can for really, really affordable prices.”
This is just the second year for Goodbye, Good Buy, and they were able to rescue 34.7 tons of materials from the landfill.
It isn’t just about the environment, thought – it’s about helping fellow students. Dennis Dhou is a second year student and was happy to find some useful, used items.
“I’m a college student and we’re always poor,” Dhou said.
“It’s been very important to the students that this program is for and about students,” said Cardinal. “And that the students are benefitting from it to save them money in the long run.”
Money made at the sale pays for the seven semi-trailers it took to store all the items over the summer, and it also pays a few students for their extraordinary effort putting this all together.
“It makes me so proud of RIT and the community,” Cardinal said.
“I’m more excited that we have people engage with waste in a way that doesn’t make them sad or uncomfortable or really bum them out,” Zachary said. ‘We’re trying to make it exciting, fun and seem like the resource that it is.”
An environmental lesson, that goes beyond the classroom.