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OHIO Move Out

Move Out

Move Out Matters

Ohio University, local non-profit organizations and the Athens County Fairgrounds host a Community Give Back Day. Each Res Hall will have a donation station, which a student can drop off unwanted materials including: carpets, small appliances, clothes, bedding, furniture and food. The donated materials are collected and sorted throughout finals week and prepped for the big event.  

Community Give Back Day is a two-day event which is open to the public. Community members are provided a pre-organized food box with staple items, chips, breakfast bars and more. A family or individual is allowed one large item of furniture (futon, desk couch..), up to 25 articles of clothing, unlimited rugs, small appliances and bedding.  

This year 90,405 lbs. was collected and donated back to the Athens community. 

For more information on how to get involved with next year's event, please email recycle@ohio.edu.  

Drop-Off Locations in Athens

Click a map point to see the address

On-Campus

Food

No sealed food ever belongs in the trash.

  • Donation sites are in the lobbies of most Residence Halls or by the back doors on old South.
  • Sealed and non-perishable items only. 
  • Please box or bag your food.
  • If in doubt, donate it. Non-food-safe items will be removed.

Furniture

No furniture in the dumpster.

  • Place all furniture in area provided (follow the signs).
  • Includes: futons, couches, chairs, mirrors, small appliances, etc.
  • Most will be donated.  Some can be recycled.
  • Even if broken, to avoid overflow, no furniture goes in the dumpsters.

Carpet

No carpet or rugs in the dumpster.

  • Place all carpet or rugs in the area provided.
  • Carpet will be donated or recycled.

Clothing and Textiles

  • Includes: bedding, towels, fabrics, clothing, shoes, etc.

Mixed Recycling 

 

No sorting required but materials should be clean.

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glass
  • Aluminum/Tin cans
  • #1 through 7 plastics

Note: We are no longer accepting Film Plastic (grocery bags, sandwich bags, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, bread bags, etc.) as recycling! Please dispose of them in the trash.

Can all be recycled together in existing recycling areas.

Everything Else: if it was useful to you it will be useful to someone else in need.

Donations include but are not limited to:

  • shower caddies
  • shampoo and detergent (even opened)
  • school supplies
  • dishes
  • cooking items
  • sports equipment
  • bicycles
  • foam from mattresses
  • curtains
  • electronics
  • computers and accessories
  • posters
  • pictures
  • desk organizers
  • closet organizers
  • hangers
  • art supplies
  • books
  • aquariums
  • coolers

and REMEMBER - if in doubt, DONATE!

Volunteer!

Community Members/Student Volunteers: Sign up to volunteer for Campus Recycling or call any of the following organizations for Move OUt volunteer opportunities:

  • Goodwill (740) 592-4105
  • New-to-You (740) 592-1842
  • ReStore Habitat for Humanity (740) 589-5865
  • Athens Move Out Recovery Effort (curbside & dumpster gleaning) (740) 677-4047

Mandated Community Service Hours

 

Off-Campus

Students living Off-Campus: Community thrift stores have both pick-up and drop-off options for your MoveOUt needs.

Pick-Ups

Call ahead at any of the following numbers:

  • Goodwill (740) 702-4000 est.160
  • ReStore Habitat for Humanity (740) 589-5865

Please discuss the type of items you plan to donate with the thrift store when you call to schedule a pick up. Each thrift store accepts various items: large furniture, clothing, food items and more. Call as far in advance as possible, thrift stores will be very busy the week before move-out!

Drop-Offs

During move out weekend, community thrift stores will set up locations around town for you to drop off your reusable goods. The following is a list of donation drop-off locations:

  • Athens Train Depot: 123 W. Union St
  • Bromley Hall:  35 S Congress St, Athens, OH 45701
  • Christ Lutheran Church: 69 Mill St, Athens, OH 45701
  • Southeast Ohio History Center:  24 W State St, Athens, OH 45701
  • ReStore:  309 W Union, Athens Ohio, 45701
  • Upcycle Ohio:  751 W Union St, Athens, OH 45701
  • New To You:  90 Columbus Rd, Athens, OH 45701
  • Goodwill:  175 Columbus Rd, Athens, OH 45701

For any leftover, unwanted, and unopened foods can be dropped-off at a local foodbank called Southeast Ohio Foodbank.

Mixed Recycling

Don’t forget to put your regular mixed stream recycling on the curb for pickup! No sorting required but materials should be clean.

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glass
  • Aluminum/Tin cans
  • #1 through 7 plastics

Note: We are no longer accepting Film Plastic (grocery bags, sandwich bags, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, bread bags, etc.) as recycling! Please dispose of them in the trash.

Volunteer!

Community Members/Student Volunteers: Sign up to volunteer for Campus Recycling or call any of the following organizations for Move OUt volunteer opportunities:

  • Goodwill (740) 592-4105
  • New-to-You (740) 592-1842
  • ReStore Habitat for Humanity (740) 589-5865
  • Athens Move Out Recovery Effort (curbside & dumpster gleaning) (740) 677-4047

Mandated Community Service Hours

 

Don't Dump, Donate!

Did you know that 80% of your move out waste is recyclable or reusable?

These items will be accepted at all of the drop off locations:

  • Appliances
  • Aquariums/Terrariums
  • Banners
  • Bed Frames and Lofts
  • Books
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Cinder Blocks
  • Clothing
  • Bedding and Textiles
  • Computers
  • Coolers/Refrigerators
  • Curtains and Blinds
  • Cosmetics and Toilitries
  • Dishes and Silverware
  • Electronics
  • Hangers and Closet Organizers
  • Backpacks and Luggage
  • Intact Furniture
  • Posters and Picture Frames
  • School, Office, and Art Supplies
  • Science Equipment
  • Shelving
  • Toner Cartridges and Printers
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Unopened Food
  • Wood and Building Supplies
  • Laundry and Dish Detergent