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University, community partnerships help to reuse and recycle during Move Out

Ohio University students will be moving out of their dorms and off-campus residences beginning Monday, April 24, and it has never been easier to donate, reuse, and recycle. Ohio University Campus Recycling and Zero Waste estimates that 80 percent of all Move Out waste can be recycled or reused, and this goal can be accomplished if students either reuse their belongings, or take advantage of the numerous donation sites and free pickups available to them.

Donation sites staffed by Friends and Neighbors, New to You, ReStore, and ReUse Industries will be located throughout the city of Athens and on the Ohio University campus from Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30. Anyone leaving their residence can donate unwanted items for reuse and nonperishable food for those in need. Sites will accept items such as clothing, furniture, kitchenware, electronics and more. 

Anyone interested in donating items is encouraged to visit ohio.edu/moveout to find the nearest drop-off location. Many organizations also offer free pickups of large items, information about which is also available on the website. 

Sofi Trexler, OHIO student in the College of Business, believes students can benefit in many ways by taking advantage of these services. 

“During Move Out, thousands of unwanted items are thrown away. By donating you can help the planet and give your old furniture a new home. You can also have your items picked up which decreases the stress of moving and lets you enjoy graduation.”

Last year’s Move Out efforts yielded more than 2,400 pieces of clothing, 4 tons of non-perishable foods, and 20 tons of furniture, carpet and household goods. 62.4 tons of mixed recycling were diverted from the landfill. 

Thanks to a multi-stakeholder partnership between City of Athens administrators, Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers, Rural Action, Kleinpenny Rentals, Housing Hotlink, New-to-You, ReUse Industries, ReStore, and Friends & Neighbors, the community aims to capture more material than last year before it goes to the landfill. OHIO’s Campus Recycling and Zero Waste, the George Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs, and the Campus Involvement Center were instrumental in implementing this initiative.

Andrew Ladd, recycling and zero waste manager at Campus Recycling says, “I’m proud of the work that my team and I did this year for Move Out preparation, and I anticipate that this year will be very successful when it comes to retrieval and donation. This year we have had a lot more in the way of volunteers and workers, and I’m really excited to get started and hopefully pull higher numbers.”

Items may be dropped off at various locations on campus and around town beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30. An interactive map of the donation sites can be found at ohio.edu/moveout. Community members and students interested in volunteering with the Move Out effort can also find information on that website. 

A community giveaway of many of the items collected will also take place on Wednesday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Athens County Fairgrounds.