The Daily Illini

Letter: Cut down waste

I am responding to “City May Take Stand on Trash” published in the April 14 issue of the Daily Illini.

The Champaign City Council recently met to consider fining landlords for dumpster overflow, especially during move-out and move-in times around Campustown. The staff at the University YMCA wants to make sure students and other campus community members are aware of an annual program done by the University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St. in Champaign).

Starting May 9 and continuing through early August, the Y will be collecting reusable items for its annual garage sale called Dump and Run. We accept donations of almost anything and will even come to pick up large items. Additionally, we offer and supply large collection boxes to have on-site at University living spaces, apartment complexes and other places around town. In late August, we have a giant garage sale and all the profits benefit the programs of the University YMCA. If your dorm or apartment complex does not have a collection box and you think it should, let your landlord know or call us at the Y.

Donating items to the Y instead of trashing them cuts down on the amount of waste in dumpsters, lowers the cost of trash services for landlords, provides inexpensive items for students to purchase in the fall and benefits a wonderful local organization.

For more information about the Dump and Run program, we encourage people to visit the University YMCA Web site at You can also contact Rachael or Danielle at (217) 337-1500.

Danielle Schumacher

Administrative Secretary

University YMCA

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