A floor lamp. A Magic Bullet blender. Handfuls of hangers. Two storage ottomans. Unopened bulk packages of trail mix and granola bars, ziplock bags, and dish detergent. Towels and a bathrobe. A popcorn machine. Costume ladybug wings. Four fans of different sizes. Slightly sticky but gently used Tupperware, pots, and mixing bowls.
This is just a smattering of the things Matt and I dug out of the dorm dumpsters over move-out weekend. And there was a lot we didn’t take–we left behind at least two printers and a microwave, both perfectly good–leaving us perplexed at how truly wasteful our peers (and our culture as a whole) is.
We’re pretty sure that students were just throwing away anything and everything that wouldn’t fit in their cars for the drive home, and some of those things are necessities that they’ll have to buy again next year.
Their loss, though, since Matt and I aren’t complaining about our newfound goodies (okay, we’re complaining about the sunburns we acquired, but that’s it). We’ll take all those housewares to our apartment next year. Our day spent dumpster diving likely saved us hundreds of dollars, and it’s also sustainable–those quality items can be used instead of rotting in a landfill.
You know what they say, one student’s trash is another’s entire kitchen.