Clothing Drop 'N Swap

cadet assists with drop n swapAccording to organizers, the first-ever clothing Drop-N-Swap at Norwich University, held on October 21 and 22, was a great success. Several hundred Central Vermont residents participated in the clothing recycling program, which was co-sponsored by the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, CERV of Northfield, and Norwich University.

On Friday, October 21, Central Vermont residents were asked to drop off their clean, used clothing to Plumley Armory, where teams of volunteers sorted them on various tables. Throughout the day on Saturday, October 22, visitors came and took any of the items that they needed, for free.

"The Drop 'N Swap has evolved over the past ten years, and this year's event was the best so far," said Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District representative Tom Anderson. "We have received nothing but positive feedback from the participants and the volunteers." Anderson said that, in the past, the Drop 'N Swap has been held at the BOR in Barre. "This year, we wanted to serve other people in our district, which is comprised of 22 cities and towns in Central Vermont. Plumley Armory worked well for this venue.

"This is a wonderful way to recycle perfectly good clothing and to keep as many textiles out of the landfill as possible, which is our goal," Anderson added.

Nicole DiDomenico, Director of Volunteer Programs at Norwich, said that the event would not have been possible without the hard work of many volunteers.

"We would especially like to thank Pamela Bray and Cavalry Company, Bravo Company, Danielle Goodwind, Matt Lawton, Ashley Adair, Marty Makowski, Sodexo, Major Alan Lane, Chief Michael Abraham, and Kin Sober," DiDomenico said.