Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Wasteful Generation

We just moved our daughter back home from college for the summer.
It was just unbelievable the amount of usable stuff that was summarily tossed into ginormous dumpsters by her dormitory.
Everything from futons to flat screen TV's to mini-fridges to plastic storage boxes.... toasters... lamps.
You name it - it was thrown away.
Good. Usable. Almost brand new. Stuff.
Piled high in dumpsters.
The dumpsters were overflowing!
It was appalling.
I really could not believe my eyes.

She tells me a friend of hers had room mates that just left drawers and closets full of clothes. Some expensive stuff too.
Gifts from family members.
When contacted by the friend about what to do with their left over "stuff", the reply was, "I don't care - throw it away - whatever".

Are we to believe that this generation is so incredibly irresponsible; so wasteful?

But to be honest, I have seen this before - even when my son attended college several years ago.
One could make a small fortune picking up items on move out day and re-selling them on Ebay, or tag sales. You didn't even have to "dive" into the dumpsters. There was plenty of good stuff just sitting besides them.

And if you attend an expensive school like Yale - the "trash" thrown out on move-out day is even more valuable!

Parents who are footing the bill for these college expenses should wise up.
Their money is literally being thrown away.
But what is so very sad is that these kids have absolutely no concept of their wastefulness.
What a shame.
Especially when the items they are throwing into the dumpster are perfectly good and usable.
Aren't these kids supposed to be ecologically minded? Reusing and recycling everything?
Not at all.
Not. At. All.

And of course they will be back next semester - buying the same stuff, to fill their dorm room, from Target (or where ever).