Current Residents

Don't ditch it. Donate it!

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Spring move-out done the Tar Heel Way

This year, when you move out of your residence hall or apartment, drop your gently used items at the collection station in your residential community, and we will donate them to one of our partnering charitable organizations.

By making a conscious choice about how you'll handle your unwanted items at move-out, you become part of a campus-wide initiative to do the right thing and effect dramatic positive change.

Since 2009, UNC has saved 244 tons of unwanted items from going into the landfill. That's 488,000 POUNDS! And that doesn't include the scrap metal that went into recycling. Help us save even more this year!

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Why should I donate?

  • Donate for sustainability – With 8,500 students moving out in the same week, it doesn't take long to accumulate a massive amount of waste. Keeping usable and recyclable goods out of the landfill is one of the most influential things you can do to extend the town's ability to sustain the University.
  • Donate for the community – Your gently used items provide local residents with access to quality goods at a low cost.
  • Donate for local charities – By reselling the items you donate, even at deeply discounted prices, our partnering charitable organizations can generate revenue that helps them accomplish their goals and provide essential services.

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How do I donate?

Housing staff partners with the UNC Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling to make the donation process as simple as possible. Attended donation stations will be set up in your residential community—all you have to do is watch the schedule for collection times and drop your items off at your convenience.

When can I donate?

All donation stations will be open starting April 23, 2016, and will remain available through May 10, 2016.

What can I donate?

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  • We will accept all still-usable items such as clothes, books, appliances, household items, unopened food, school supplies, electronics, computer equipment, and furniture that is not broken. Bring these items to the donation station in your community.
  • Carpets are accepted in any condition. If they can't be reused, they get recycled. Please take carpet to the donation station in your community. It's important to keep the carpet dry for the recycling process, so please don't stick it outside in the rain!
  • Futon frames are accepted even if they are not usable. Please take these items outside, beside the dumpster in an area labeled "bulky waste."
  • REMEMBER: When in doubt, put it in the donation station! We would rather have to sort items on our end than have valuable items get thrown away because you didn't think they could be reused. 

What happens to my donations?

Donations will be separated and picked up by the following charitable organizations:

  • TROSA - www.trosainc.org - TROSA is an innovative, multi-year residential program that enables substance abusers to be productive, recovering individuals by providing comprehensive treatment, work-based vocational training, education, and continuing care.
  • American Greenz - www.americangreenz.com - American Greenz Inc. is an electronics recycling and IT asset management company headquartered in Durham, N.C. with multiple service locations across the state and partner networks across the East Coast.
  • Blue Ridge Recycling - http://blueridgerecycling.com - Blue Ridge Recycling is a Charlotte-based company that specializes in carpet and carpet pad recyclying. 

Still have questions?

Please contact Debbie Bousquet, Facilities Management Coordinator, at bousquet@email.unc.edu