PennMOVES Makes Waste Diversion a New Penn Tradition

July 26, 2010

At around 7:00 a.m. on June 5, members of the West Philadelphia community began arriving outside the Penn Ice Rink to stake their place in line for the third annual community sale organized by Penn Move Out Volunteers Engaged in Service (PennMOVES).

A recycling and re-use initiative conceived by Penn Business Services staff in 2008, PennMOVES collects items that Penn students are unable to take with them when they leave campus for the summer. The items are collected and organized to be sold in early June, with the proceeds donated to the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, which supports their affiliate charities in West Philadelphia.

This year’s event diverted over 90,000 pounds of high quality items – televisions, refrigerators, printers, kitchen items, clothing, lamps, furniture, bikes, books, school supplies and more – which would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

The sale generated over $20,000 in donations to the United Way, all to benefit the West Philadelphia community.

To learn more about the PennMOVES program, visit the PennMOVES website or view the photo gallery from this year’s sale.


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