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Move Out

Recycle and Donate. Help families in need!



OU is in the middle of the most impoverished region of Ohio. Campus Recycling, Residence Life and Local non-profits make it very easy to help.

Move Out 2016 OU students donated over 20 tons (42,000 lbs) in reusable items and 4 tons (8,000 lbs) of food. In 2017 goal is 30 tons plus 6 tons food.


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On Campus

Food, Furniture, Carpet, Clothing, Mixed Recycling or Volunteer!


Foodbank :   No sealed food ever belongs in the trash.

  • Foodbank locations are in lobbies on East, West, New Dorms and the Front Four, and by back doors on the Back South.
  • Foodbank bags should be given to every student. Any box or bag can be used.
  • If in doubt, donate it. Anything not food-safe will be removed

Furniture  :  NO Furniture, even broken, goes in the dumpsters

  • Place all furniture in the outside areas provided. (follow the signs)
  • Furniture includes: futons, couches, chairs, mirrors, lamps, shelves, etc…
  • Most will be donated.  Most of the rest is recycled. 
  • Even if it can’t be recycled, furniture uses too much room. To avoid overflowing dumpsters Campus Recycling will move it elsewhere.

Carpet :  NO carpet or rugs in the dumpsters regardless of condition.

  • Place all carpet in the outside area provided. (follow the signs)
  • Most will be donated. The rest is recycled

Clothes and shoes:

  • Includes all clothes, bedding, sheets, towels, etc.

Mixed Recycling  :  No sorting  required but materials should be CLEAN

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

   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!

Off Campus:

Students living Off-Campus: Community thrift stores have both  PICK UP  and  DROP OFF  options for your MoveOUt needs.
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Call ahead at any of the following numbers:

Friends and Neighbors                                 (740) 667-0684

Goodwill                                                       (740) 592-4105

New-to-You                                                  (740) 592-1842

ReStore Habitat for Humanity                    (740) 589-5865

ReUse Industries                                           (740) 594-5103

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! 



During move out weekend, community thrift stores will set up locations around town for you to drop off your reusable goods. See the  Interactive Map  for the closest drop off site for you. 

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

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Don’t forget to put your regular mixed stream recycling on the curb for pickup!












What do I do if I live in an apartment complex?

If you are interested in having a serviced drop-off site for food and goods or a manned site(s), Campus Recycling can help you organize this so it can be problem free and reduce waste while helping people in need.

If you are disposing of mattresses there are two companies that can come and recycle these items at the same rate or cheaper than landfilling them.


Can someone pick up my reusable goods and food?

Yes, call any of the following organizations for pickups:

Friends and Neighbors                                  (740) 667-0684

Goodwill                                                        (740) 592-4105

Mother Earth Community Thrift Store        (740) 249-4143

New-to-You                                                   (740) 592-1842

ReStore Habitat for Humanity                     (740) 589-5865

ReUse Industries                                            (740) 594-5103


What kinds of food and goods are allowed?

About 80% of your stuff is reusable or recyclable.  The following is a list of goods that can be donated, but it does not list everything possible.

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! 

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Why should I donate my stuff?

  • Help local people in need
  • Reduce messy waste in your neighborhood
  • Save money by not getting charged for disposal fees from your landlord
  • Save natural resources by reusing and recycling
  • Reduce pollution and littering
  • Gain a connection to the greater Athens community by donating to local thrift stores and those in need

What good things happened during MoveOUt 2016?:

  • 4 tons of scrap metal
  • 15+ tons of carpet recycled
  • 62.4 tons of mixed stream recycling
  • 20+ tons of household/dorm items donated
  • 4 tons of food donated  and distributed throughout the community

Are the move-out services only for students?

No, definitely not.  Services are also available to landlords and all residents of the city of Athens.  This program is trying to maximize the amount of goods that are collected and redistributed to others within our community.  All residents are encouraged to take advantage of move-out collection points and pickups.


What services are available to landlords?

Collection of reusables will reduce the amount of waste on site in dumpsters.  This will save money in waste disposal for landlords and allow for cleaner, more organized move-outs.

Landlords can call the above local nonprofit organizations for pick-ups of items left behind that are still useful. This service is available through the summer and entire year from most of the above organizations.


Mandated Community Service Hours:  click here

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

Friends and Neighbors                              (740) 667-0684

Goodwill                                                    (740) 592-4105

New-to-You                                               (740) 592-1842

ReStore Habitat for Humanity                 (740) 589-5865

ReUse Industries                                        (740) 594-5103

Athens Move Out Recovery Effort (curbside & dumpster gleaning)   (740) 677-4047