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UNI's Panther Pick Up to give new life to old stuff May 2-4

April 23, 2012

Susan Salterberg, program manager, UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education, 319-273-4816,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will hold its 4th annual Panther Pick Up, a project to help the environment while benefiting the community Wednesday, May 2 through Friday, May 4. Students who donate may enter a drawing for a chance to win a Wii and Wii Fit.

At a time when many UNI students are moving out of residence halls and apartments, Panther Pick Up gives old stuff new life. Instead of throwing unwanted household items in the dumpster to end up in the landfill, usable items can be donated to charitable organizations, which will have pick-up sites at convenient locations on campus.

During Panther Pick Up, St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill Industries International, Inc. and The Salvation Army trucks will accept clothing, dishes, furniture, carpet and other useable household items. Agency staff determines whether or not they can accept certain items. Metal items not accepted can be recycled on UNI's campus at the east and west sides of Redeker Center and the East and West Towers Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4.

Panther Pick Up locations and times are listed below and on the UNI Office of Sustainability website at, along with additional details about the event.

On-campus donation locations, 1 to 4 p.m., May 2 and 3, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 4:


-       East side of Redeker Center

-       23rd St. near Commons Circle

-       East Towers

-       Northwest corner of Campbell Hall

Students living off-campus may donate items by calling St. Vincent de Paul at 319-232-3366 to schedule pick up of usable furniture, computers, keyboards, printers, computer accessories and other large items.