Res. Hall Move-Out Donation Drive

Overview

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. Learn more about previous years' results here.

Results

Official results are in: OSU residents donated nearly 36,000 pounds during this year's Residence Hall Move-Out Donation Drive! Donations totaled to 35,676 pounds, completely smashing our original goal of 24,000 pounds! 

Infographic of donation drive results

We saw a 19 to 33 percent increase in household, clothes, shoes, linens, food, toiletry and school supply donations. The largest increase came from wood, which totaled 7,864 pounds – an over 600 percent increase from the previous year! The large increase in wood donations may be a product of more residents using loft kits and donating the wood instead of taking it home or throwing it away.   

Depiction of donations per pound over time

It is unclear as to why donations increased as much as they did. Given Campus Recycling does not have weight data for trash, we are unable to speculate if donations were higher because less was landfilled. Regardless, we are very happy to see such a large increase from last year. Our residents made a great showing this year and our team put in an amazing effort to get it hauled, sorted, and distributed to nonprofits.   

Special thanks to the 54 volunteers who donated approximately 250 hours of their time to help us pick-up and sort donations as well as our partners at UHDS and all the residents who donated items! 

Learn a bit about how the program is coordinated here.

2017 Benefitting Organizations

For More Information

Andrea Norris, 737-5398
Marketing & Development Coordinator, OSU Campus Recycling

Off Campus Move Out Donation Drive

In 2017, a two-day event was available for students living off campus to donate reusable goods. Learn more on this Facebook event or contact Jon Stoll of Corvallis Community Relations at 541-737-8606 or via email.

Res. Hall Donation Drive How-To's

How-To's

Instructions for move-out donation drive

Note: Donation bins are located on the ground floor of each residence hall; precise location varies by hall.

Food (Unopened, Non-Perishable)

Collect in grocery bag* and then place in donation bin. Must be bagged. Must be unopened & non-perishable.

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

Place in grocery bag* and place in donation bin. Must be bagged (to prevent leaks onto other donations). Soaps, lotions, unused deodorant, etc.

Clothing, Towels, Bedding

Collect in blue bag* and place in donation bin. Must be clean and dry & in good condition.

Household Items (decor, dishes, lamps, etc.)

Collect in blue bag* if it fits, otherwise place in donation bin. Items must be in good condition.

Broken Electronics and Media

Collect in provided blue bag* if it fits, otherwise place in or next to the donation bin. Electronics, CDs & ink cartridges will be recycled if they are not reusable.

Large Furniture & Scrap Wood

Place all scrap wood (i.e. loft bed kits), and furniture that doesn’t fit into donation bins, next to your outdoor trash dumpster, on the ground.

Bicycles

Place unwanted bicycles next to donation bins.

Recycling (Paper, Plastic, Metal, Glass & Cardboard)

Place in recycling bins on ground floor. All cardboard needs to be taken outside. See what can be recycled.

Trash

Any items that can’t be donated or recycled should be taken to the outside dumpster.

*You will receive your move-out kit (donation bags and door hanger with instructions) on or around May 23rd. Donation bins will be placed in hall lobbies May 23-27.

Downloadable Resources

For More Information

Andrea Norris, 737-5398
Marketing & Development Coordinator, OSU Campus Recycling

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Res. Hall Move-Out History

Final 2016 Donation Drive thermometer which totals 22,967 pounds

Overview

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.

Results

OSU has generally been increasing the weight of donations since 2010. 

2017 saw the highest level of donations on record since 2010 with almost 36,000-pounds (18 tons) donated! 

Most of the donation increase came from wood and housewares, although there was a general increase seen in all categories. 

 

Chart showing donations increasing over time

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!

Below you can compare how we've done in each category throughout the years:

Category 2012 Weight (lbs) 2013 Weight (lbs) 2014 Weight (lbs) 2015 Weight (lbs) 2016 Weight (lbs) 2017 Weight (lbs)
Wood 4,421 7,081 3,820 7,618 1,000 7,864
Clothing, Shoes, Linens 5,252 7,283 6,664 9,706 6,867 8,191
Food, Toiletries, School Supplies 2,517 2,693 1,897 3,358 3,103 4,119

Housewares

7,932 8,922 10,027 13,268 11,997 15,502
Total Donations 20,693 25,979 22,408 33,950 22,967 35,676

How We Do It

Each residence hall room receives a move-out kit, which included a door hanger with details on how to donate and recycle unwanted materials, along with bags in which to sort their material in their room. Grocery-style plastic bags are provided for food and toiletries, and 13-gallon blue bags are provided for clothing, bedding, and small housewares. Labeled donation bins are located in the lobby, along with all the recycle bins.

Residents are made aware of the upcoming donation drive starting about one month in advance. Info is provided via abundant signage inside the halls, 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.

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