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Residence Hall Donation Drive helps planet and people

Each year, Campus Recycling and Surplus Property, in conjunction with University Housing and Dining (UHDS), coordinate an effort to reduce waste during residence hall move-out by educating residents and giving them the tools to recycle and donate as much as possible.  This not only diverts material from our landfill, but gives new life to used items and helps those in our community who are in need. In 2010, we succeeded in donating an estimated 11,651 lbs of material! This included:

  • 2,517 lbs of house wares and miscellaneous materials
  • 872 lbs of food, toiletries, and school supplies
  • 5,262 lbs of clothing and linens
  • ~3,000lb of scrap wood

This year Campus Recycling hopes to increase donation weights by providing each residence hall room with their own move-out kit, which includes a door hanger with detailed instructions, plus bags for sorting their donated material. This will allow students to sort material in their rooms before bringing it downstairs or out to the dumpster. Learn more by visiting Recycling's webpage.

Residents have been informed of the donation drive not only through their door hangers but also through Residence Hall Association (RHA) leaders, easel posters in each service center, posters in every hall, large "STOP" signs on the door leading to their dumpster, table tents in UHDS dining centers, the biweely Campus Living eNewsletter, and through the Facebook accounts of Campus Recycling, UHDS and RHA.

2011 Benefiting Organizations

Below are the groups who will receive donated items this year.


Because the influx of material coming from move-out coincides with the absence of Campus Recycling staff (who are busy taking their finals), we need your help! You can assist with the donation drive and recycling collection by receiving and sorting material with us in the warehouse or joining our crew to go out on collection routes! We need help Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday, June 9, 10, 13 and 14; you can choose your own shift times and length between 8 am and 5 pm on any of those days.


Thank you for helping people and the planet!

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