ACT hosts annual ‘Don’t Throw it Away’ event in residence halls

Andrew Clausen

Appalachian and the Community Together is sponsoring “Don’t Throw it Away” May 4-11.

During the eight-day event, students will donate unwanted items. These will be collected from residence halls and sold at the Legends Big Sale in August.

“The purpose of this annual event is to divert usable items from landfills, raise money for energy efficient mini-grants for local non-profits and support scholarships for ASU students,” said Kate Johnson, official event coordinator.

DTIA is a student-run event that aims to reduce the amount of waste the university produces during the post-semester transitional phase.

“Last year, we saved 72 tons of waste from entering landfills,” Johnson said.

The efforts of DTIA also benefit the local community with more than $100,000 raised for energy-efficient initiatives of Boone nonprofits since 2001, according to the event website.

Nearly $22,000 was raised for the Hospitality House and The Children’s Playhouse last year alone.

“The key to the success of this event every year comes from the outstanding number of student and faculty volunteers that come out and help,” said Karson Collins, volunteer event coordinator.

Online registration forms for donators and volunteers are available on the event website at

Story: NOLEN NYCHAY, Intern News Reporter