In the four years since its incep­tion, the annual Trash2Treasure yard sale has become some­thing of a main­stay in the lives of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity students.

It’s become one of those pro­grams stu­dents expect to see,” said Jes­sica Feldish, pres­i­dent of the Husky Envi­ron­mental Action Team, which orga­nizes the event.

Last semester, stu­dents moving out of the dorms saw large red moving bins floating around campus and knew exactly what they were for. From elec­tronics to bed risers to unused canned food, any unwanted items were col­lected in the big bins during the chaotic move-​​out period. Over the summer, HEAT stored these items (minus the food, which goes to the Greater Boston Food Bank) in storage containers.

Those items will be resold to returning stu­dents at an event on Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Curry Stu­dent Center Ballroom.

The money raised at the yard sale has tra­di­tion­ally gone to Alter­na­tives for Com­mu­nity and Envi­ron­ment, a local non­profit orga­ni­za­tion. This year, in an effort to boost stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion in the spring, a por­tion of the pro­ceeds will go to the stu­dent groups rep­re­sented in last semester’s vol­un­teer pool.

Feldish expects Trash2Treasure to con­tinue growing in pop­u­larity and notes its strong part­ner­ship with North­eastern Facil­i­ties. One hope is that the pro­gram can soon become a year­long dona­tion system.

HEAT’s 2010 pres­i­dent, Alyssa Pan­dolfi, S’12, used her senior cap­stone project as an oppor­tu­nity to begin ana­lyzing the envi­ron­mental ben­efit gen­er­ated by the pro­gram. Using an online tool pro­vided by the Envi­ron­mental Pro­tec­tion Agency, the group is cal­cu­lating the total amount of carbon saved through Trash2Treasure.