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SWAPR: Stop Waste And Promote Reuse

SWAPR, or Vassar’s program to Stop Waste And Promote Reuse, began in 2002 to combat the growing piles of ‘stuff’ that got left behind each spring as students left for the summer. Each year the SWAPR team of students collects thousands of pounds of stuff from becoming garbage and then arranges for local not-for-profit organizations and human service agencies to come and take what they need. The rest of it then gets stored over the summer and is sold back to students in the fall to cover the cost of storage.

SWAPR has grown to become a mainstay of the year that would not be possible if not for the energy, cooperation, and excitement of the Vassar College community, the College Committee on Sustainability, and local charity organizations.

To get involved

Students: Come spring semester, look out for SWAPR info sessions and how you can apply. Volunteers get signed in for senior week, a free T-Shirt, and lunch each of the collection days.

Civic Groups: If you have participated before, we’ll reach out with dates and details around late March. If you are new or have questions, please do not hesitate to email sustainability@vassar.edu to learn more about Community Day and what kinds of donations we generally receive. To participate all we require is a faxed or emailed copy of your proof-of-non-profit status and a willingness to bring some volunteers along to help! More often than not, Community Day falls on a Monday (Memorial Day) and includes a light breakfast and BBQ lunch.