LEWISTON, Maine — A Maine college student appalled at the dorm furnishings his Bates College roommates were leaving behind his freshman year has started a booming business recycling dorm room refrigerators.
Twenty-two-year-old Mitch Newlin of Brunswick, Maine, now buys dorm refrigerators at the end of the school year and sells them to incoming students at the beginning of the year.
The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1TntFvG ) that his company, Re-Fridge, has branched out to a total of 17 colleges in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts and expects to collect more than $70,000 in revenues this year.
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.
Newlin says he gives 20 percent of the profits to charity.