Luther College will host the annual Trash to Treasures sale from 7-9:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 23 and 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 26 in the Ashmore-Jewell Barn near Luther's Baker Village.
Trash to Treasures was founded to combat the environmental impact of blossoming landfills as well as the troubling scenario of perfectly usable items left unwanted or thrown away by students every year. For more information on Trash to Treasures, visit www.luther.edu/sustainability/waste-recycling/reduction/on-campus/trash-to-treasure/.
Trash to treasures began in 2004 as a partnership with a high school environmental class and Vicky Jaeger, Luther coordinator of Legends Fitness Center and Recreational Services. For two years, this class helped run the program until Luther's football team took over. Most recently, Luther wellness educator Tim Schuring and Luther's basketball team helps Jaeger run the program. It is used as a fundraiser to support the JV basketball team.
Every finals week of spring semester, collection rooms are designated in each residential hall for students to place unwanted, usable items. Collection rooms fill fast when students see a second life in their belongings and drop them off. Volunteers haul items to the Red Barn where they sort everything to be sold.