By Allison Nitch | Jul 13, 2015

As a result of UW Recycling’s annual waste diversion event known as SCRAM (Students Cleanup, Recycle and Moveout), the University of Washington’s Seattle campus donated a grand total of 28.7 tons of reusable items to local charities and non-profit organizations, a 60% increase from 17.9 tons in 2014.

In collaboration with UW Housing & Food Services (HFS), SCRAM donation stations are set up at each residence hall during finals week. ­Bedding, clothing, emergency red backpacks, non-perishable food, small appliances, school supplies and toiletries are collected and sorted throughout the week before being redirected to local organizations. UW Recycling has established partnerships with groups including U-District Food Bank, Friendly Earth, Northwest Center, Real Change and UW Surplus. “I’m thrilled with how the increase in service coupled with the increased awareness among residents really helped to make this year’s program the most successful one yet in terms of coordination and donations collected,” said Jessica Lisiewski, UW Recycling program coordinator.

"This year’s SCRAM event was truly a remarkable one for our organization," said Kalyn Brady, marketing and outreach coordinator of Northwest Center. "With the help of University of Washington students, we are able to provide early intervention, inclusive early childhood education, teen programs and after school programs for children and supported employment, job training and placement for adults."


About UW Recycling

UW Recycling provides effective daily waste and recycling collection for the UW Seattle campus. However, our role extends well beyond just picking up trash—we also serve as contract administrators, education and outreach experts, waste diversion innovators, and sustainability enthusiasts for the UW Seattle campus. Recycling at the University is designed to be visible and convenient and to maximize the recovery of waste. We strive to serve as a leader by providing innovative recycling, composting and waste reduction solutions and by promoting personal environmental responsibility and actions that minimize waste and maximize recycling. For more information, visit: