A college student who was appalled at the dorm furnishings his roommates were leaving behind his freshman year has started a booming business recycling mini refrigerators.
Mitch Newlin, 22, of Brunswick, Maine, goes to Bates College, a private, liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine, about 35 miles north of Portland. He buys dorm refrigerators at the end of the school year and sells them to incoming students the next year.
“I was appalled by the wastefulness,” Newlin said, recalling couches, fridges and other furnishings left behind by his Bates classmates, according to the Portland Press Herald. “People spend, like, $300 on dorm room furnishings. There had to be a way to prevent this stuff from being thrown out and recycled to a new owner.”
Since then, Newlin’s company has branched out to a total of 17 colleges in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. The young entrepreneur expects to collect more than $70,000 in revenues this year.
“I was surprised no one was already doing this. It makes you realize how poorly designed the system is,” Newlin told the Herald. “I’m not in business just to make money. I believe entrepreneurship and businesses are a way to positively impact the world.”
Now a junior majoring in economics, Newlin hires students at the other colleges to pick up and deliver the refrigerators, capitalizing on the convenience to the customers.
“It was harder to be more convenient,” said Kate McNally, a Bates junior who bought a small fridge from Newlin last fall. “I ordered it, he texted me and then brought it right over. After I thought about it, I realized it’s great that I’m doing something good for the environment and helping a classmate out, but really, it was all about the convenience.”
This article originally appeared on The Blaze.