Ames' 2nd Annual Rummage RAMPage event raises money for nonprofits


The city of Ames' recent 2nd Annual Rummage RAMPage, during which residents sell reusable items to reduce waste, raised over $14,000 for local nonprofits.

The city of Ames partnered with the Iowa State University (ISU) Office of Sustainability and the Volunteer Center of Story County.  The trio surpassed expectations by extracting over 70,000 pounds of furniture from landfills, according to a press release.

“Even though this was our second year, the event was so much bigger than we anticipated," Merry Rankin, ISU sustainability director and city of Ames sustainability coordinator, said in a press release. "We never imagined having such a large increase in donated materials and sales. The results were amazing, and I want to thank our terrific volunteers. They made this event successful, and we are so pleased with the results."

The event was staffed by volunteers from nonprofits throughout the state. Residents also donated items to the sale, including, tables, couches, bedding, books and housewares.

"We were able to keep more than 150 sofas from going to the landfill and repurpose tons of other items that were still in good condition," the city's Resource Recovery Plant Superintendent Bill Schmitt, said. "This helps our recycling and processing of materials at the Resource Recovery facility. Also, not only did shoppers appreciate bargains, our donors seemed pleased their items were going to good homes.”

The 2018 Rummage RAMPage event will take place July 27 to Aug. 2. 

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