The end of the school year can be a stressful time with finals, graduation, applying for summer internships and move out! Whether you live on or off-campus, here’s a checklist to help you wrap up the end of the year sustainably.​


Donate household items 

The Give & Go Donation Drive at CU Boulder assists over 7,000 students in 26 halls during their on-campus residence departure. This is a time where a significantly large amount of waste is produced, which can end up in the landfill. The goal is to capture as many usable items that are in good and working condition. This program increases awareness and provides the opportunity to participate in local charity, contemplate responsible purchasing in the future and to decrease disposal of items that can be used by many individuals.

CU campus residence halls and Bear Creek will have access to donation areas from  April 26-May 11, 2023.

Acceptable items:Move Out Station

  • Clothing
  • Electronics
  • Fans
  • Lamps
  • Mirrors
  • Storage containers
  • Non-perishable food
  • Personal care products

Please donate items that are usable and in good working condition. Sort out the items that are broken, extremely used, trash and recycling to take to your hall dock for proper disposal. In 2019, the Drive collected 34 tons of material donated and left behind by students. This year CU Recycling, Housing & Resident Life and Facilities Management are working with multiple non-profit organizations to collect and disperse the donated items to those in need.


Donate or store your bike

Unwanted bikes can be donated at the Folsom and UMC bike stations, where they will be refurbished and sold at the annual Bike Sale in the fall. If you’re keeping your bike, the CU Bike Program can store it for you for $10 over the summer. Storage is limited, and bikes are accepted on a first come first served basis. Learn more about summer bike storage.

The Bike Program will be accepting bikes for donation or storage on May 2nd to May 5th, 9am to 4pm at the UMC bike station and Williams Village bus stop. Bikes left on campus that appear to be abandoned will be flagged and removed starting in May.


Properly dispose of hard-to-recycle, hazardous materials

Sometimes you may have items that you can’t throw away or donate, including electronics, cleaning products or fluorescent bulbs. Here are some tips for taking care of hard-to-recycle and hazardous items:

  • If students have vape products or other hazardous tobacco products that they need to dispose of, designated vape disposal locations are available in the UMC and the Village Center.

  • It is illegal in Colorado to throw away electronics in a dumpster. Electronics in usable condition can be donated at a thrift store. Electronics not in usable condition can be recycled at Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials.

  • Visit the Environmental Center website for more options on disposing of hard-to-recycle items, including cell phones, batteries, toner cartridges and more.

  • Common household hazardous waste products include items such as fluorescent bulbs, home cleaning products, home maintenance products, motor oil and antifreeze, paint, and yard and garden care products. Learn more about how to dispose of hazardous waste products.

  • Dispose of your expired and unwanted medications at the take-back dropbox on the main floor lobby of the Parking Services and Police Department building.