Published: April 5, 2021 By

Whether you live on or off campus, here’s a checklist to help you wrap up the end of the year sustainably.

Donate items you no longer need

bikes on campusAs you prepare for move-out, you may have stuff you no longer need or want. Donating your items is a great way to move fewer things to your next place and to give your items a second life. Some things you may consider donating include:

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

Starting April 12, donation locations will be available in residence halls to collect unopened non-perishable foods, unwanted books and school supplies, and unused toiletries, hygiene products and cleaning supplies. At this time, we are unable to collect soft-goods such as bedding, pillows, towels, etc. You could also donate things to an off-campus vendor prior to move-out, and should consider taking unwanted items home if you are visiting family prior to move-out.

The Give and 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.

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 April 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

Pick up your Green Cord

Are you graduating in May? Take the Graduation Pledge of Social & Environmental Responsibility and pick up an optional green cord to wear at graduation! The pledge of the Graduation Pledge Alliance states:

“I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and to try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”

The green cord symbolizes your commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Those graduating in May or summer 2021 who take the pledge will be contacted with more information in April 2021 about a green cord for commencement.

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