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For area communities, Move-Out matters

Recycling drives benefit local residents in need


As they have for the past 15 years, Ohio University and the City of Athens are collaborating on efforts to divert students’ food and used goods away from landfills and into the homes of needy area residents.

This year’s campaign, “Move-Out Matters,” kicked off Monday with the launch of a food drive in residence halls around campus. Next week, outdoor donation sites will be established at each residence hall for students to recycle gently used clothes, household items, carpet and furniture. The on-campus recycling campaign will continue through Saturday, May 4. Click here for a list of items that can be recycled.

The city’s Office of Code Enforcement will offer recycling sites and item pickup service for students living off campus. Starting May 1, food and goods can be dropped off at sites around the city, or students can call one of nearly a dozen nonprofits to request pickup of items. To date, seven drop-off sites have been identified:

  • High St. and West State St. across from Athens Middle School
  • N. Court St. and State St. next to the big Dumpster
  • N. Congress St. and Washington St.
  • Mill Street between Coss and Mill streets
  • Near the end of Mill Street and McKinley Drive
  • The Athens Depot on W. Union St.
  • Next to Dirty Deeds Laundromat on N. Lancaster St.

More sites will be announced as they are established. Pickup is available through May 5. Click here for information on off-campus recycling, including contacts for pickup.

Last year, area nonprofits collected more than 350,000 pounds of food and goods over three weeks, said Refuse and Recycling Manager Andrew Ladd. Those items were distributed free of charged to needy residents over two days, helping some 1,200 families. In addition, 40,000 pounds of electronics, carpet and other materials were recycled rather than being thrown into a landfill.

“The landfill diversion aspect of the campaign is important,” Ladd said. “But getting these things to people in need is the main idea.”

Move Out Matters for employees, too!

Campus Recycling will provide as many recycling containers as needed to those who are cleaning their offices, whether for seasonal cleanup or vacating a space. Office supplies, electronics, appliances, toner and ink cartridges, and equipment of all kinds can be recycled.

To request containers, call the Facilities Management help desk at 593-2911 or submit a work order online. When containers are full, contact Campus Recycling at 593-0231 for pickup.