Students lined up early for the RESCUE sales held at the start of the fall 2013 semester.

One student’s trash is another’s treasure. This is a simple mantra, but one that the College took to heart more than 10 years ago when it established the RESCUE (Recycle Everything, Save Colby’s Reusable Excess!) program. The College held its 2013 RESCUE sale Aug. 27 and Sept. 3. All of the items for sale were collected during student move-out last spring. The sale included a variety of dorm products such as futons, chairs, dressers, and cabinets as well as smaller items like dishware, printers, fans, table lamps, and rugs.

Overall the sale was a huge success. The proceeds from the first day exceeded past years’ and totaled close to $5,000.  The sale averted close to 20 tons of useful dorm items from the landfill to be reused on campus.  Proceeds from the sale are used to employ student workers during the spring to collect and clean dorm items as well as rent storage space over the summer until the sale in the fall. Essentially, the proceeds cover the costs of the program.

RESCUE was started in 2001 as a joint effort between faculty, staff, and students. Oversight  is provided by the Physical Plant Department (PPD), and the program continues to be a great success for the campus every year

After the sale this fall, a large percentage of the few remaining items were collected and donated to the Goodwill Store in Waterville. The College would like to thank all students (and parents) for supporting the sale. And please look for the RESCUE collection bins this spring!