Volunteers needed for 10th annual Trash to Treasure event

April 11, 2011

Trash to Treasure is Penn State’s biggest town-gown recycling effort. Annually, the program raises approximately $50,000 for the Centre County United Way and saves more than 60 tons of usable goods from going to a landfill. Beginning the week before finals, collection bins will be placed in residence hall lobbies to collect student donations.

Faculty, staff and students can sign up to help organize this year’s Trash to Treasure spring sale, which due to Beaver Stadium construction will be held at Hills Plaza, South Atherton Street, State College, Pa., this year. Beginning on Saturday, May 7, many flexible shifts will be available. No previous experience is necessary and volunteers can receive a coupon that can be used to purchase items on sale day. It's fun and helps out a great cause.

“Trash to Treasure is an excellent activity for everybody on many levels,” Trash to Treasure creator Al Matyasovsky said. “Each set of helping hands saves perfectly usable goods from the landfill. It’s also a great place for people from all over our community to work together.”

Entering into its 10th year, the program has raised more than $420,000 for the Centre County United Way and saved nearly 590 tons of goods from being shipped to a landfill. Each year, hundreds of volunteers from individuals to community groups take time during the month leading up to the spring sale to volunteer. Thousands attend sale day to find great deals on donated items, including a large selection of clothing, furniture, electronics, rugs and more.

The 2011 Trash to Treasure Event will begin with an early bird sale at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, in the Hills Plaza on South Atherton Street in State College, Pa. The admission price for the early bird sale at 7:30 a.m. is $5, admission is free after 9 a.m.

  • Volunteers for the 2009 Trash to Treasure sale received last-minute instructions from Pam Stellabotte, United Way communications director, left, minutes before the sale began.

    IMAGE: Andy Colwell

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Last Updated April 26, 2011