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.  


In 2020, we received donations of 3,763 pounds.

We had a significant decrease in donations due to the fact that many residents moved out much earlier than expected because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we didn't collect as much as we have in previous years, we can all be proud of the 1.9 tons that were donated this year. We are extremely grateful to everyone who donated, as well as the staff that helped make the Great Move-Out happen!

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!

2020 Benefitting Organizations

How We Do It

    The Great Move Out was done a bit differently due to COVID-19 precautions. Below is a description of how the drive is organized in standard years. 

Residence halls receive move-out kits, which students can pick up from the front desk. Plastic bags are provided at RA desks upon request for food, toiletries, clothing, bedding, and small housewares. Labeled donation bins are located in the lobby, along with all the recycling receptacles.

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, presentations to the East, South, and West Side Area Councils, posts on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Ecologue blog), and a web page made just for residents.

For More Information

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