Final 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.


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


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.

Donation bins     move-out sorting     food share pickup