Moving out of your residence hall is a chaotic, exciting time. A dorm represents the first year of college, and moving out of them marks the end of freshman year. While this is inherently exciting, it also frequently generates a lot of needless waste. There are many items which may no longer be needed after your first year. Far too often, these perfectly good items are thrown away, rather than being given the chance to be used again. 

Moving out of the dorms also comes with a lot of cleaning. It can be easy to simply put all your waste and unwanted items in one trash bag. By properly separating them into landfill, recycling, and usable items, you can do your part for our planet and potentially help a future student save money on their dorm furnishings. The Environmental Center has partnered with Residence Life to set up donation centers in the lobbies of each dorm in order to keep usable items out of the landfill. This article will act as a resource to make moving out as zero waste as possible!

Image of donation bins in a common room of resident hall

When and where can you donate?

  • Look for the donation stations in the lobby of each residence hall on campus as pictured here

  • Donations will be collected April 18th - May 6th

What can you donate? 

  • Clothing

  • Non-perishable food

  • Personal care products (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, etc.) 

  • Electronics 

  • Lamps 

  • Mirrors

  • Small furniture (such as storage containers) 

  • Bikes can be donated to the Environmental Center at the UMC or Folsom Bike Stations. The Environmental Center can also store your bike for the summer.

  • Ensure that anything you are donating is not broken, so it can be used by others!

Students and parents walking on campus to move out

Do not wait until the last minute to start the process! 

  • These donation stations are open mid April and close on the last day of move out.

  • The earlier you prepare to move out, the less stressful and chaotic move out will be.

  • Beginning the process early will also allow you to properly pack, donate, and recycle all the items in your room.

Robin Poley moving boxes into donation truck

Where do the donations go?

  • Clothing, electronics, mirrors, furniture, lamps, etc. will all be donated to either USAgain or ReSource Central.

  • All non-perishable food and personal care products are donated to Emergency Family Assistance.

  • In 2022, the Environmental Center is also partnering with small nonprofits and student organizations. If you’re interested in collecting a truck load of material for reuse reach out to cure@colorado.edu 

    • In 2021, CU Chi Omega Chapter collected a small portion of the donations for a yard sale, which raised $3,305 for a memorial scholarship.

Past Year’s Results:

  • In 2021, the Give & Go donation drive collected almost 10.6 tons worth of donations!

  • Through this donation drive in 2021, we saved approximately $1,000 in landfill disposal costs.

  • We also saved roughly 150 cubic yards of waste from going into landfills!

Move out volunteers at Give and Go move out donation event