Res. Hall Move-Out History

We exceeded our 22,000-pound goal, collecting an estimated 25,979 pounds of donations


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.


OSU has seen an overall increase in the weight of donations since 2010.

Donations were less this year than in 2013

Category 2010 Weight (lbs) 2011 Weight (lbs) 2012 Weight (lbs) 2013 Weight (lbs) 2014 Weight (lbs)
Wood 3,000 3,000 4,421 7,081 3,820
Clothing, Shoes, Linens 5,262 5,736 5,252 7,283 6,664
Food, Toiletries, School Supplies 872 1,913 2,517 2,693 1,897


2,517 6,909 7,932 8,922 10,027
TOTAL Donations 11,651 17,558 20,693 25,979 22,408

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!

2011-2013: 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.

Donation bins

Full donation bins await pick-up in a res. hall.

move-out sorting

Volunteers and staff sorting donations by category.

food share pickup

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

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