Take It Or Leave It (TIOLI)
Hours of Operation Fall 2013:
Take It Or Leave It (TIOLI) started as a team effort with the Ithaca College Environmental Society (ICES) to help reduce the amount of waste generated on campus when students move out after the spring semester. Just before students move out, we put TIOLI bins in at least one lounge in each dorm, and they can drop off things they don’t want to keep and pick up things they like.
After we collect all of the bins, the food is donated to a local food bank and the clothes are donated to the Salvation Army or other local charities. We then usually hold a TIOLI yard sale at the beginning of the fall semester on the academic quad with the rest of the items. We've always had a huge turnout at the sale; the things we sell are useful for dorm life, and WAY cheaper than what you could find at a store!
As of fall 2010, TIOLI is now a year-round program! The basement of Clarke Hall serves as the TIOLI room, which is staffed by our team of Eco-Reps during the week. The IC community is welcome to donate or take whatever they want when TIOLI is open.
To get in, a whiteboard at the main entrance of Clarke will have the number of the Eco-Rep working who you can call to let you in.
Here is a sampling of some of the items we have (or have had recently) in TIOLI:
- Clothes hangers
- Desk lamps
- Trash cans
- Kitchen supplies
- Reusable coffee mugs
- Reusable water bottles
- Reusable shopping bags
- Plastic organizers
- Shower caddies
- Shelving units
- Ironing boards
- Cork/White boards
- Holiday decor
- And more!
Be sure to check out TIOLI regularly, as inventory changes all the time, and you can always find something interesting! And don't forget to look for the bins in your dorm at the end of the semester!
Take It Or Leave It is an easy, convenient, FREE way to reduce your environmental impact by practicing the first of the four Rs: Reducing your waste and Reusing other items!
By reducing the amount of new things you buy, you reduce the demand for:
- The raw materials required to make them and their packaging (consequences of extracting them: pollution, habitat loss, displacement of local inhabitants)
- The energy required to make and transport them to you (consequences: pollution, effects of extracting fossil fuels)
Reusing items means you:
- Prevent them from going into the landfill
- Reduce the demand for new goods
- More often than not, save money!