OverviewFinal 2016 Donation Drive thermometer which totals 22,967 pounds

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.

2016 Results

An estimated total of 22,967 pounds of donations were collected!

While the weight did not meet our goal of 28,000 pounds, it is slightly higher than the total weight from two years ago. As you can see in the chart below, last year was a record high.

Chart of donation weights over time

As shown in the table below, the decrease we saw from 2015 to 2016 is primarily due to a major decrease in wood weights (an 87 percent decline) and to a lesser extent a decrease in clothes/shoes/linens (a 29 percent decline).

Category 2015 Weight (lbs) 2016 Weight (lbs)
Housewares 13,268 11,997
Clothing, Shoes, Linens 9,706 6,867
Food, Toiletries, School Supplies 3,358


Reusable Wood 7,618 1,000
Total Donations 33,950 22,967

We are uncertain about why donation weights declined. Because our waste hauler does not weigh trash, we are not able to speculate on whether donations decreased due to increased landfilling of items. It is possible that the major decline we saw in wood weights was due to a decrease in the number of single-use loft bed kits used or an increase in the number of kits that were taken home by residents (in either case, this would be a win for waste reduction).

Special thanks to the 51 volunteers who gave over 160 hours of time to pick-up and sort donations, as well as our partners at UHDS and to all the residents who donated!

Learn a bit about how the program is coordinated here, see photos of this year's effort on Facebook and find out who received donations below.

2016 Benefitting Organizations

For More Information

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