The Re-Coop and Clean Sweep aim to promote values of responsible living, social responsibility, and reuse within the Pomona College community. This joint venture is overseen by the student workers who run the Re-Coop store, the Sustainability Integration Office, the Environmental Affairs Commissioner of the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) Senate, and the Office of Campus Life.
The Re-Coop was established in the spring of 2008, occupying a small room in the second floor of Walker Lounge. Its mission is to encourage a culture of reuse among the Pomona College community. The Re-Coop accepts donations of useful items (ranging from costumes to coffee makers, pencils to picture frames) and sells them at a nominal cost to other students. The revenue generated covers the operations of the Re-Coop and Operation Clean Sweep, which at this time loom larger than revenues because labor overhead is so high. When and if the venture earns a “profit,” that money will be given to local charities.
Operation Clean Sweep was first undertaken in spring of 2007, beginning after Commencement. A joint venture by the ASPC Senate, the Office of Campus Life, and the Office of Student Affairs, Clean Sweep pays student workers to stay during the week after Commencement to collect the useful items abandoned or donated by students as they leave for the summer. This effort helps find new homes for these items and also assists the housekeepers, who face the task of cleaning the dorms for summer use.
Items that have high re-sale value for the college community (fridges, fans, lamps, rugs, furniture, and other décor) are stored on-campus for the next fall, when a large sale offers incoming and returning students an opportunity to furnish their rooms inexpensively. Other materials—like clothing, shoes, and bedding—are given away to international aid organizations, local charities and animal shelters.
The second floor of Walker lounge next to the south staircase