Moving out? Don’t ditch it. Donate it!

If you’re moving out of a residence hall or apartment, you may discover that you’ve collected a lot of stuff.

By donating unwanted items at move-out, you become part of a campus and community collaboration to support local nonprofits, reduce your carbon footprint, strengthen the reuse economy and preserve resources. Last year, UNC students kept 16 dumpsters’ worth of useful goods out of the landfill! Read the donation guide below to help build on that success this year.

Moving out of on-campus housing? Find your residence hall’s donation station:

(TROSA) are partnering again to collect usable items from donation stations inside on-campus residential communities. TROSA will use the donations within their furnished residences and will sell surplus items to benefit their nonprofit comprehensive treatment and work-training programs.

Donation Stations open April 26. Students may donate:

  • Appliances
  • Athletic Equipment
  • Bedding (will be donated to Paws4Ever)
  • Carpet
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Clothing
  • Electronics (broken electronics are accepted and will be recycled)
  • Food (unopened, nonperishable)
  • Furniture
  • School and Office Supplies
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries/Personal Items (unopened)

Futon frames and other scrap metal should be placed outside at designated Bulky Waste recycling sites (identified by an orange cone, next to trash dumpsters). Do not dispose of futon frames, carpet, cardboard, or other recyclable materials in the trash dumpsters or open-top rolloffs.

Please remember that individuals are not permitted to enter or remove items from dumpsters or remove items from donation stations. The only groups permitted to remove items from dumpster sites and donation stations are TROSA, OWRR, and Housing.

Read OWRR’s Student Move-Out Guide to find out where residence hall donation stations are located and learn more about TROSA.

Moving out of off-campus housing? Visit the Student Reuse Rodeo!

During student move-out, Orange County Solid Waste Management will open a temporary donation drop-off site – the Student Reuse Rodeo – in the Hargraves Community Center parking lot on Mitchell Lane. Donations will be accepted Tuesday, May 7 – Friday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2p.m.

Students (and others!) may donate these used but useful goods:

  • clothing, small furniture and usable housewares in good condition to the PTA Thrift Store to support local families and schools
  • cell phones (and chargers if possible!) to the Compass Center for the benefit of women and families working computers and computer accessories will be collected for job training programs
  • unused school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, glue sticks,
  • rulers, book bags and back packs in good condition for the Hargraves Center “Back to School” programs
  • unopened food, personal care items and clean reusable cloth bags to the Interfaith Council.

Representatives from the organizations and Orange County Solid Waste Management will staff the drop-off site to share information, accept and sort materials and take them away at the end of each collection day.

Please do not bring items that are not listed here or leave items outside the collection hours.

Published April 29, 2013.