Late each August, thousands of college students move in and out of apartments all over town. This mass move generates piles of cast-offs that students no longer want — sofas, clothes and housewares, but also items you might not expect — and could turn the city into a big, sloppy flea market if the volume got out of control.
For 15 years, the city has organized the Apartment Move-Out Waste Reduction Program to tame the tide. On the current “Davisville,” Jennifer Gilbert, the city’s conservation coordinator, and Marisa Schaffer, one of the volunteers who make it work, discuss how it all comes together, the need for semi-secrecy and the things people leave behind.
“Davisville,” hosted by Bill Buchanan, airs on KDRT, 95.7 FM, at 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 a.m. Saturdays. The current show debuted Monday and will be broadcast through Aug. 30. It is also available online at http://kdrt.org/davisville.