Ryan Kipp put an unopened pack of paper towels on Theta Delta Chi’s parking lot off Clover Alley and closed the trunk of his 10-foot U-Haul truck.
“Tomorrow, into Penn Towers,” Kipp, 19, said Sunday. “I’m helping my brother move in right now.”
Kipp, of Easton, Conn., and his brother Matt are two of thousands of students who will move into State College for the fall semester.
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The borough planned for their arrival and placed nine containers for cast-off goods on and near Waupelani Drive in late July to kickoff the annual transition from summer to fall.
The original boxes and four more were moved closer to downtown State College in August to accommodate students moving back into the borough for the fall semester.
“I think it’s really a win-win program,” Ed Holmes, the borough’s public services manager, said. “It’s probably the fastest way that bulk items disappear all year long, and it’s not necessarily specific to student use. Residents can use them, too.”
Holmes said the boxes are strategically placed near fraternity housing, and that they should primarily be used for large items like furniture.
Appliances and electronics should be placed next to them for recycling.
The nature of the larger trash created massive amounts of garbage collected in recent years.
“In 2012 and 2013, very consistently each year, we had 125 tons of material,” Holmes said. “Obviously, we won’t know until the end of the August how much we had this year.”
Ryan Kipp said he thinks it will be different living off campus for the first time. But, he said, students should be as responsible off campus as they are on it.
“There’s a fair amount of activity on campus, but there’s a lot more activity out here and in Penn Towers; you’re sort of in the middle of everything,” he said. “But, as a student, I think I have to respect the community like I respect the university.”