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by Dawn Quirk

Not quite, but your old desk or mattress might be heading for sunnier weather, in order to furnish the residences of people in Spanish Town, Jamaica.Last Friday, assisted by the Institution Recycling Network (IRN), 544 pieces of Tufts’ used office and school furnishing said goodbye to a snowy Medford. That’s over 14 tons of surplus furniture! In the end, it will help furnish the homes of Jamaican citizens or non-profits within the country who would otherwise have no desk, chair or even a mattress. Not only does this contribute to the economic development of Jamaica (have you ever tried studying without a desk or a chair, after an uncomfortable night’s sleep?), but it is also the right decision for the environment. According to the IRN, donating for re-use will divert 98% of materials from disposal. Why throw away something that is still usable?!? And for all you Economics majors, it even makes financial sense – more often than not, waste disposal and recycling are actually costlier options. Just a little tip for move-out day.

The Facilities Department deserves a big round of applause for this wonderful effort!