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Yes, University of Delaware has their U Don’t Need It program, but are they the only ones Don’t even think it! In fact one college student, Lisa Heller, started a non-profit called Dump and Run. This organization offers advice, guidelines, and lists upcoming sales for many universities. The goal of the organization is to extend the life of useful items, generate capital for non-profits or social groups, and to educate others regarding the consumption of natural resources.

To learn more about Dump and Run contact

Dump & Run Inc.,
P.O. Box 397,
Brookfield, MA 01506;

Some colleges have formally organized programs, others have low key operations. Middlebury College has a drop zone for items no longer wanted. They are gathered and distributed to non-profit organizations. Kenyon College has a local church that has a truck they take through campus, gathering items from the curb or the dumpster. Contact your local college recycling program to see what they may offer. You can have 20 mini-fridges in a matter of minutes!

Matthew Lesko
Here is a quick list of move out programs we found:
Ohio State University - collects items at the end of spring quarter, then has a giant yard sale during Welcome Week in the Autumn quarter.  They also do pick ups from off-campus housing!  All proceeds are given to charitable organizations, with a portion going to student organizations that assist with the sale.  OSU is part of the Dump & Run program.  It is run by the Students For Recycling in conjunction with Facilities Operation and Development. 

For more information contact 614-247-4949 or

Clark University - Clark has done a Dump & Run program in the past, but now has turned it over to the Big Brother Big Sister organization. You can donate items to this organization in boxes scattered throughout residence halls, and they will be sent to Savers Thrift Shops. The proceeds will then be give to the Big Brother Big Sister organization.

For more information contact
Big Brothers Big Sister,
75 Federal St., 5th Floor, Boston,
MA 02110; 617-542-9090;

You can also find information about the sale at
Clark University,
Recycling Program,
950 Main St., Worcester,MA 01610;

Cornell University- uses the Dump & Run program. They collect items as students move out in the spring and then have a large sale when students return in August. All proceeds are donated to local nonprofits.

For more information contact Cindy Lockwood,
Campus Life Facilities,
Cornell University,
1520 Clara Dickson Hall,
Ithaca, NY 14853; 607-255-4886;;

University of Illinois - uses the Dump& Run model. They collect things during the Spring and resell at a garage sale in late August. It is a major fundraiser for the University YMCA and last year they had 5 semi-truck trailers full of stuff.

For more information contact
The University YMCA,
1001 South Wright St.,
Champaign, IL 61820;

Rochester Institute of Technology - in the past they have done the Dump & Run program, but now the Clutter for Cats program is in place. It is operated by the Caring Hearts for RIT Cats organization. This group that takes care of the animals left behind by students and animals that the community dumps off on campus. They collect goods left by students, then sell them in garage sale in the fall. It is an exhausting project for this small group, and they are hoping for more help. Contact them at ;;
or (585) 272-9821 to lend your support.

Bowdoin College - operates the Give & Go fundraiser. They collect the goods at the end of the school year and then have a giant sale in June. All benefits go to non-profit organizations whose volunteers help with the sale.

For more information contact
Keisha Payson,
Coordinator for a Sustainable Bowdoin,
Bowdoin College,
Brunswick, ME 04011;
207-725-3000 x 3086;;;

Bates College- operates the Clean Sweep Program. This program gathers stud from college dorms in the spring then holds a garage sale in June that is open to the public. The money earned goes to support non-profits in the area who volunteer to help with the sale.

For more information contact
Julie Rosenbach, Environmental Coordinator,
Bates College,
147 Russell St.,
Lewiston, ME 04240; 207-786-8367;;

Appalachian State University- has the Don’t Throw It Away program. This is operated through the Appalachian & Community Together (ACT) organization. They gather up goods in the spring and then has the annual Big Sale in the fall. Non-profit organizations benefit from the sale.

For more information contact
Appalachian State University,
Department of Student Programs,
231 Plemmons Student Union,
NC 28608; 828-262-3032;

Tufts University- whose mascot is Jumbo the Elephant, operates the Jumbo Drop each year. They collect things in the spring and sell things in the fall. They are working on better management of the program, or other ideas of how to recycle the goods.

For more information contact
Tufts University,
Facilities Department,
Recycling Coordinator,
520 Boston Ave.,
Medford, MA 02155; 617-627-3810;

Columbia- operates the Dump & Run program through the CU Greens group on campus. They gather things in the spring and sell them in the fall. Money goes toward worthy causes. For more information contact the CU Greens group at Columbia or online at

Acadia- operates the Dump & Run program. They collect things in the spring and sell them at a large garage sale.

For more information contact
Sustainability Office,
Room 626,
Old Students’ Union Building,
Acadia Students’ Union,
NS Canada,
B4P 2R5; 902-585-1623;

Brandeis University- the Environmental Studies Program operates the Dump & Run program.

For more information contact
Brandeis University,
415 South St.,
MA 02453; 781-736-2000;

Dalhousie University- operates the Dump& Run. They collect items in the spring and then sell them at a yard sale.

For more information contact
Society for Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility,
Dalhousie University,
6185 South St.,
Nova Scotia,
Canada B3H 3J5;

Trinity College- operates the Dump & Run program. This is sponsored by the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement. Items collected during the move out process are donated to needy local organizations.

For more information contact
Trinity College,
Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement,
300 Summit St.,
#702574, Harford,
CT 06106; 860-297-2000;

Colby College- operates The RESCUE, Recycle Everything Save Colby’s Usable Excess, program. They donate clothing and furniture to local non-profits, then sell the rest at a yard sale in the fall.

For more information contact
Physical Plant Department,
Colby College,
4000 Mayflower Hill,
ME 04901; 207-872-3350;

Brown University- Brown operates the Clean Break program. This program collects items at the end of the school year, then distributes them to needy non-profit organizations. You can learn more through the Brown is Green department. Contact
Brown Is Green,
Brown University,
Providence, RI 02912; 401-863-7796;

Providence College- Collects food and clothing at the end of the year and distributes it to worthy organizations. It is operated the Office of Environmental Health & Safety’s Recycling Program.

For more information contact
Office of Environmental Health and Safety,
Providence College,
549 River Ave.,
Providence, RI 02918;

Sewanee University- doesn'’t operate a specific program but you can donate unwanted items to the Hospitality Shop which places boxes in the dorms. Goods are then distributed to worthy organizations.

Hamilton College- has the best named project called Ham’s Cram & Scram. They collect items at the end of the school year. Clothing and other goods are distributed to non-profits. Some items will be stored and sold in the fall to offset expenses for the program.

For more information contact
Environmental Protection and Safety,
Hamilton College,
198 College Hill Rd.,
Clinton, NY 13323;315-859-4647;;

Pomona College- operate Clean Sweep is the program at Pomona. Students gather items left behind and organize them to give to charity. They actually also operate a small store called ReCoop which sells inventory from 25 cents up to $10. The store is also a way to show students how to recycle goods and to become environmentally conscious. Contact
Campus Planning and Maintenance,
Poloma College,
CA 91711; 909-621-8136;

Pennsylvania State University- operates the Trash To Treasure program. Students gather items left behind and then hold a large garage sale in May.

For more information contact
Conal Carr,
Assistant Director,
Housing and Residence Life,
Penn State, University Park,
PA 16802; 814-865-6025;

Gettysburg College, The College joined up with the United Way of Adams County to collect and resell usable items. The organizations sort the donations then have a Give It Up For Good sale in May.

For more information contact
Facilities Services,
Gettysburg College,
300 North Washington St.,
PA 17325; 717-337-6730;

Alfred University- operates the Dump and Run program. They collect items and then has a sale in May to benefit student groups and local non-profits.

For more information contact
AU Support Staff Council,
Alfred University,
Alfred, NY 14801; 607871-2115;

Connecticut College- hosts a May Move Out Sale in conjunction with the New London Homeless Hospitality Center.

For more information contact
Campus Environmental Coordinator,
Connecticut College,
270 Monhegan Ave.,
New London,
CT 06320; 860-439-5218;

New York University- The University just started the Green Apple Move Out Collection Drive. The University’s Sustainability Task Force sponsored the event. Students can drop off unwanted items who are then donated to local non-profit organizations.
Sustainability Task Force,
New York University,
New York,
NY 10012; 212-998-1073;

University of North Carolina- Greensboro- hosts the Cram& Scram program. The students collect unwanted items and then have a large sale in May. The program is sponsored by the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling. Contact
Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling,
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
800 Oakland Ave./P.O. Box 26170,
NC 27402; 336-334-5192;

California State University- Chico- has the Diversion Excursion Program. Students gather up items from the ed of the year, and then sort them into piles. The piles are then distributed to local non-profit organizations. For more information contact
Robyn DiFalco,
AS Recycling Coordinator AS Recycling Program,
BMU Room 301,
CSU Chico,
CA 95929-0750; 530-898-5033;

University of Arizona- has drop boxes at residents halls at the close of semesters where students can deposit items they no longer want. They are then distributed to local non-profits.

For more information contact
Residence Life,
University of Arizona,
P.O. Box 210182,
AZ 85721-0182; 520-621-6501;

North Carolina State- operates the Pack N Go program through the Waste Reduction & Recycling office. Items are gathered and sold at a sale in the spring. All proceeds go to environmental education initiatives.

For more information contact
Waste Reduction and Recycling,
North Carolina State,
Raleigh, NC 27695; 919-515-9421;