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.


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.