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"Rummage in the Ramp" this week in Iowa City

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - As college students move into dorms and apartments to prepare for school, many are tossing out furniture and other odds and ends.

That can cause problems to pile up for city landfills.

That's why Iowa City started its "Rummage in the Ramp" program 3 years ago.

"Rummage in the Ramp" not only keeps garbage pickup more manageable for the city this time of year, but provides some attractive deals for thrifty shoppers.

The old saying that "one person's trash is another person's treasure," is especially true in a college town like Iowa City.

"The haulers have to get it from the curb or dumpster to the landfill, and that means a lot of extra work for small businesses in the area who are already making things work on a shoestring budget anyway," said Iowa City Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jordan.

Now in its 3rd year, "Rummage in the Ramp" gives people an alternative to throwing it away.

Shawn McKinley paid $20 for a futon frame which may have otherwise ended up in the landfill.

"It's nice to be able to come through and get cheap furniture," said McKinley.

Logan Kutcher and his roommates came to fill their new apartment.

"We're trying to have a stylish kind of bachelor pad," said Kutcher.

However, style has its limitations.

"The ugliest furniture seems to be the most comfortable," said Kutcher.

Grad student Rachel Donahoe found a wicker chair for her balcony.

She's glad to see so many old items find new life.

"I think it's kind of wasteful to throw them away, so I think it'll be really good," said Donahoe.

"Rummage in the Ramp" will go for an entire week this year, giving bargain seekers more time to hunt.

"Last year we saw 50 or 60 couches. We haven't seen as many of those today, but I think people aren't quite in the full-swing of moving yet, so I'll anticipate more of those later in the week," said Jordan.

The sale is staffed by 22 non-profit organizations.

The money made from the sale, along with donations received, will be split among them.

Some of the non-profit organizations that will benefit from the sale include Habitat for Humanity, the University of Iowa Environmental Coalition, and the Iowa Humane Alliance.

Online Reporter:  Brady Smith

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