Move Out Procedures for Waste Diversion

Move Out is just around the corner and the Center for Sustainable Communities is busy planning for what we hope will be the best one ever! "Best" equals lowest tonnage sent to the landfill and most things diverted from the waste stream for recycling and donation to local thrift stores and the food pantry. 5 years ago we sent 42 tons of solid waste to the landfill and last year that was down to 27 tons! During Move Out Week 2017, 8 full 18" trucks were sent to thrift stores and 1300 pounds of food was collected for the food pantry.

In order to continue our landfill diversion efforts this year, the Center for Sustainable Communities has coordinated with Residence Life to provide students with opportunities to donate or recycle their unwanted or unused items. Donation rooms in every Residence Hall will be set up and labeled starting Friday, May 12th. The following items will be accepted for donation:

  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Electronics (Working)
  • Electronics (Broken)
  • Books/School Supplies
  • Reusable Decorations
  • Food - For First Lutheran Church Food Pantry
  • Toiletries: Laundry Soap, Shampoo/Conditioner, Lotion, Body Wash
  • Bedding, Towels and Rugs
  • Hangers
  • Batteries / Cell Phones

Donation Rooms will be open starting Friday, May 12th in the following locations:

  • Olson:  2nd Floor Lounge
  • Brandt: Ground East Lounge
  • Larsen: Main Lounge
  • Farwell:  First Floor Lobby
  • Miller:  Ground floor study lounge
  • Dieseth:  Ground floor study lounge
  • Ylvisaker:  Game room
  • Baker Village:  Food Donations - Lower Level / Other Donations - Trucks (Saturday/Sunday)
  • College Apartments: Covered areas underneath outside staircases

In addition, the Center for Sustainable Communities is seeking helpers to assist with Move Out Waste donations. Responsibilities will include organizing donation rooms, educating students about what/where to donate, pulling items out of the dumpster that could be recycled or donated and helping to load donation trucks. Students who sign up for shifts will be paid for their time, and be granted late-stay on campus for the days of their shifts. If you are interested in assisting with Move Out, please sign up on the Move Out 2017 Student Schedule by Friday, May 5th.