Res. Hall Move-Out History



Each year, OSU Campus Recycling and Surplus Property, in collaboration with University Housing and Dining, 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.


In 2012 we exceeded our goal of 20,000 lbs, collecting 20,122 lbs of donations and an additional 571 lbs of e-waste! This was an increase from the 17,558 pounds collected in 2011 and 11,651 pounds in 2010.

Donations over Time

The biggest gains were from wood (likely due to more accurate measurements) and food and toiletries, followed by housewares. Clothing and linens decreased slightly, for unknown reasons. E-waste was a new category of material that was accepted this year, collecting broken TVs, computers, appliances, cell phones, etc.

Category 2010 Weight (lbs) 2011 Weight (lbs) 2012 Weight (lbs) Change compared to 2011
Wood 3,000 3,000 4,421 47% increase
Clothing, Shoes, Linens 5,262 5,736 5,252 8% decrease
Food, Toiletries, School Supplies 872 1,913 2,517 32% increase

House Wares

2,517 6,909 7,932 15% increase
E-Waste - - 571 New category
TOTAL Donations 11,651 17,558 20,693 18% increase

The donations help our local nonprofits and those in our community who are in need, plus it benefits the environment by promoting the reuse of materials!

Thank you to our incredible 27 volunteers who put in 83 hours of work in 2012, dedicated Campus Recycling and UHDS staff who put in countless hours of their own, and our student residents who made it all possible!

2011-2012: How We Did It

move-out door hangerEach residence hall room received a move-out kit, which included a door hanger (shown, left) with details on how to donate and recycle unwanted materials, along with bags in which to sort their material in their room. White and yellow grocery-style Food Share bags weremove-out poster provided for food and toiletries, and 13-gallon blue bags were provided for clothing, bedding, and small house wares. Labeled donation bins were located in the lobby, along with all the recycle bins.

Residents were made aware of the upcoming donation drive starting about one month in advance. Info was provided via abundant signage inside the halls (see example, right), large posters at each UHDS service center, notices in the Campus Living eNewsletter, a presentation to the Residence Hall Association General Assembly, posts on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Ecologue blog), and a web page made just for residents.

View the 2012 slideshow below.

Here are some additional photos of the donation process (click to view larger).

move-out sorting

Volunteers and staff sorting donations by category.

move-out shoe sorting

Love INC representatives collect donated shoes for distribution to those in need.

food share pickup

Linn Benton Food Share picks up a portion of the hundreds of pounds students donated.

2012 Benefiting Organizations

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