Drop or Swap

Drop or Swap, a project from DFA Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), is an event designed to address waste from annual student moves. Students moving out "drop" their unwanted dorm items and "swap" for some they or others on campus might use instead of throwing it all in the trash. Anything not selected for a “swap” was donated to the local Goodwill for use by others.

Partnering with a number of community organizations, they attracted more than 200 students at their first event, helping divert more than 1,000 items from the waste stream. They then doubled their impact in year two. 

Thank you to Troy Zero Waste, Unity House of Troy, and Goodwill for working with the Drop or Swap team.

Team members: Natalie Yap, Sydney Cheng, Holly Loomer, Andrea Ramos, and Izzi Cain

Fall 2015 - present