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Ytoss at Virginia Tech to accept caps and gowns for recycling

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An effort to get college students to help reduce waste is underway this week in Blacksburg.

The YMCA at Virginia Tech's Ytoss event is now in its first full week ahead of the university's graduation Friday. Ytoss is the organization's largest sustainability initiative.

The goal, each year is to get students who are moving out and those graduating to donate items they don't need so they can be sold or recycled. Gently-used items are collected at drop off locations scattered across campus. New this year, Ytoss is collecting caps and gowns after graduation day. "Those caps and gowns that are torn or damaged will go to textile recycling and all the rest will be Saved for next year," explained organizer, Ayla Wilt. "We sell them to students and those programs support out community programs.

Last year, Ytoss kept $12,000 pounds of items out of landfill, Wilt said.

Ytoss 2014 will be underway through May 15th. The 2014 Ytoss Sale will be held in McComas Hall during campus move-in August 20 and 21.

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