Final 2018 Donation Drive thermometer which totals 32, 313 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. In 2018 we also partnered with Corvallis Community Relations to host an off-campus donation drive for students not living in residence halls. 


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

2018 saw a high level of donations at 32,313 pounds which exceeded our 30,000 pound goal!

Most of the donation increase came from clothing and housewares, with housewares totaling over 14,000 pounds. 


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)  2018 Weights (lbs) 
Wood 4,421 7,081 3,820 7,618 1,000 7,864 2,000 
Clothing, Shoes, Linens 5,252 7,283 6,664 9,706 6,867 8,191 10,861 
Food, Toiletries, School Supplies 2,517 2,693 1,897 3,358 3,103 4,119  4,563 


7,932 8,922 10,027 13,268 11,997 15,502 14,889 
Total Donations 20,693 25,979 22,408 33,950 22,967 35,676 32,313 

How We Do It

Residence halls receive move-out kits, which students can pick up from the front desk. These kits include bags in which to sort the materials in their room. Plastic bags are provided 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, 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