Trash 2 Treasure

Trash 2 Treasure
Trash 2 Treasure Board members

10

Celebrating 10 years of reducing waste at UNH


.5M

Saved students over $.5M in back-to-school expenses


170

Over 170 tons of waste diverted from landfills


Trash 2 Treasure (T2T) is a student-run social enterprise with the mission of assisting students, UNH and the local community in reducing waste. T2T’s main initiative is to run the spring move-out collection and fall yard sale program, reducing unnecessary discarded items from entering landfills. Consequently, T2T significantly reduces trash removal costs for UNH and provides families back-to-school savings at move-in weekend. The success of T2T is achieved through strong student leadership and passionate, active volunteers who want to promote sustainability.

T2T collects massive quantities of furniture and dorm items from students at the end of each school year to recycle or resell at discounted prices the following fall. Since its inception, T2T has saved students over half a million dollars in back-to-school expenses and diverted over 174 tons of waste from entering landfills. 

 In 2021, T2T will be slightly changing its operations to accommodate for the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the overall impacts will be the same: collecting donations from UNH students, diverting them from the landfill, and selling them back to students at reduced prices! T2T has been working very closely with multiple departments at UNH to coordinate the logistical changes and safety accommodations. 

Please read more in the FAQs section to find out how this year is different from other years.

Important Dates & INFORMATION

Update: Trash 2 Treasure is very glad to announce that we're holding a fall '21 Sale!

Spring 2021 Collections

Wednesday, May 12 - Sunday, May 23 
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Get involved in T2T!

T2T is asking YOU to volunteer for May collections, summer cleaning, and/or fall sale! 
Help make UNH a zero-waste place!

 Fill out this quick form to show your interest!
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FAQs

 2021 COVID-19 Changes

T2T will NOT be collecting items from off-campus locations this year. Items will only be collected from designated drop-off locations exclusively on the UNH campus.

Our official collection period is in May from the first day of Finals to the day after Commencement. Outside of that time, we do not have vehicles or volunteers available for collections.

  • For ON-CAMPUS donations: Every residence hall and UNH-owned housing complex has a drop-off location in the lobby or nearby lounge. You will see signs and donation bins. If you cannot locate the drop-off location, ask your RA or Hall Director for assistance. We empty each location at least once daily during our collection period.

  • For OFF-CAMPUS donations:

    • Bring it to us! If you can transport your items to Durham on your own we really appreciate your support and this gives us more time to collect from other locations that can’t arrange their own transportation. Please drop all items in the Kiosk outside of Adams Tower West: 21 Strafford Ave, Durham, NH 03824. We empty this location at least once daily during our collection period.

    • Arrange a Pick-Up: Pick-ups are available upon request during collections. We are only able to bring our truck to Durham, Dover and Newmarket. 

  2021 COVID-19 Changes

 

Below is a list of items for “normal” years.  T2T 2021 will be limiting donations to items less than or equal to 30 lbs. Large items such as couches and rugs will not be collected this year.

We accept pretty much everything that can be re-sold at the T2T Yard Sale. We also recycle old textiles and broken electronics and donate all food and toiletries to local shelters.

  • Popular donations:
    • Furniture
    • Rugs
    • Electronics, small and large
    • Clothing
    • Dishware
    • Decorations and Mirrors
    • School Supplies and Books
  • We DO NOT accept:
    • Mattresses
    • Heavily damaged items
    • Opened or unsealed foods
    • Hazardous Wastes

Unfortunately, T2T cannot collect from offices until the University-owned material has gone through USNH’s Surplus Property System. Please visit this link to learn more.

Live in UNH-owned Housing?

  • Contact your RA or Hall Director. They can help!

Live OFF-Campus?

  • Thanks for asking! If you live in Durham, we love to support the ECHO Thrift Shop a volunteer thrift shop in Durham, and Friends in Action, a nonprofit that creates inclusive social and recreational opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
  • If ECHO cannot take your items, we strongly support Goodwill. Goodwill has supported T2T for many years by donating bins for collections and also working with us to properly dispose of hard-to-recycle materials . There are Goodwill locations in Portsmouth NH and Somersworth NH.
  • Furniture, if in really good condition, can go to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Newington, NH.
  • Unfortunately, mattresses of all types and broken furniture needs to be discarded through your town dump.

  2021 COVID-19 Changes

T2T will only work with UNH students as volunteers, no off-campus or non-student volunteers this year. 

Thanks! Volunteers get to experience the “behind-the-scenes” of this program (and get first dibs on all the cool stuff we find!). 

As you get more involved, you’re welcome to apply for leadership roles to learn how to manage the budget, coordinate the logistics, or rally the volunteers to make this project a success! We can’t do this program without the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who make it possible. 

All volunteers interested in helping with collections in May, sorting items in the summer, setting up and running the yard sale in August, and/or being a part of the Core Leadership Team, sign up with this form and we'll be in touch!

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 2021 COVID-19 Changes

Due to the constantly changing COVID-19 world, the details of the fall sale have not been finalized. This will change come summer and will be announced once the details are solid.  We do know that we will be hosting the sale outside, just like the very first year it was put on!

When & Where:
The sale typically officially opens for free to the public at 10am on Friday of move-in weekend and can be accessed at 9am by paying the Early Bird Special entrance fee of $5 from 9am to 10am. We do not sell items outside of the Fall sale dates.

Early Bird Special:
Want to guarantee first pick of our best items? For just $5, you can get into the sale an hour before the doors open to the general public. 

Negotiations & Returns:
Our prices are non-negotiable, which are already way below market price and we simply don’t have the volunteer capacity to negotiate on prices. All sales are final. Please carefully inspect all items before purchase. While we test all electronics over the summer, we cannot guarantee their durability. Please test them yourself at our plug-in stations at the sale before you leave.

Parking on campus during move-in weekend is EXTREMELY limited. This sale is intended primarily for UNH students, parents, and community members. Please visit the UNH Police website for updates, as all normal campus parking rules change during this specific weekend.

  2021 COVID-19 Changes

Due to the changes in donations, no options for pick-up or delivery will be available or necessary. All items are meant to be able to be carried by one person. The information below is only valid for a “normal” year, not 2021.

Pick Up:
For large purchases, we can set them aside for you and mark them as sold for pick-up. We will take down your contact info and show you how to access our loading dock behind the UNH Dairy Bar. We encourage you to come to our loading dock after traffic dies down on campus.

Delivery:
We deliver items for an additional fee. We only deliver large items like furniture and large electronics - we will not deliver small items. 

For $10 we can deliver to students in residence halls, $15 to other locations in Durham, and for $25 we can deliver to Newmarket or Dover. We will take down your contact information and will give you a ballpark estimate when we can arrive. We will call you when the truck goes out with your item on it. We cannot enter residence areas and private units, so we will call you to come meet our truck and you will have to load your item into your unit yourself or with friends. If you are not there, we will notify you as best as we can that your item may be outside or in the lobby of your unit.

Yes! We strongly encourage you to reach out to PLAN - the Post-Landfill Action Network. They are a small non-profit with a staff of mostly recent graduates who are there to support students and staff with making this project happen on your campus. We have benefited tremendously over the years from their advice and expertise. They have a program guide to help you through the steps, as well as student leader trainings, workshops, toolkits and much more. Check out all they have to offer here!