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Move Out, Don’t Throw Out - Sustainability at Wake Forest

Sustainability at Wake Forest

Move Out, Don’t Throw Out

Move-Out is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start planning. Students are encouraged to donate unwanted books, furniture, clothing, and other materials when they move out this spring. Doing so will benefit the local community and allow them to serve as stewards of our environment by reducing waste.

Below is a complete description of all donation and reuse stations that make it easy to divert waste from the landfill.

Deacs Donate 

  • What? Reusable housewares such as kitchen utensils or glassware, clothing, small appliances, school supplies, furniture, unopened canned/dried food, and other items in usable condition
  • When? May 4 – May 11
  • How? Smaller items should be placed in blue Goodwill donation boxes located in the lobby of every residence hall. Bulky items (futons, shelving units, bookshelves, rugs, etc.) must be placed next to the “Deacs Donate” sign located outside of each residence hall. Items for Deacs Donate are collected by the Resident Student Association, in collaboration with Goodwill.
  • Why? In 2017, over 42,000 pounds of clothing and other essentials went to those in need in the local community, an increase of more than 10,000 pounds from the previous help. Help divert event more items from the landfill this year.
  • Questions? Contact Elizabeth Leslie(leslieea@wfu.edu) or your RSA advisor. Residents of the Polo Road and Rosedale Circle RL&H Theme Houses should contact their RAs for information on the location of the donation bins in their area.

Recycling Tote Collection

  • What? Small green recycling totes with white handles
  • When? By May 11
  • How? If you have a personal green recycling tote and do not wish to keep it, bring it to the Office of Sustainability (Reynolda 101).
  • Why? Your tote is yours to keep for all four years. If you no longer want it, it will be collected, cleaned, and redistributed to a first-year student next year. Note: you will not receive a replacement tote next year if you choose to give it back.

To-Go Container Collection

  • What? Green to-go containers from Deacon Dining
  • When? By May 11
  • How? Return your green reusable to-go container to the Pit to receive your $5 deposit back.

Book Donations

  • What? Books
  • When? By May 11
  • How? All books can be deposited in collection boxes located conveniently near the registers in the bookstore textbook department– you don’t even have to wait in line.
  • Why?  Better World Bookscollects and resells donated books, with proceeds benefitting a local literacy project for underserved youth.

Bike Donations

  • What? Is your bike looking for a new home? Donate it to Wake Forest’s Re-Cycle Bike Share Program. Donated bikes will be reconditioned, added to the campus fleet, and made available to those in need of a bike on campus.
  • When? The Outdoor Pursuit’s office is open M:12p-6p, T through TR: 2p-6p, and F:12p-6p
  • How? Drop bikes off at Outdoor Pursuits, located in the basement of the Sutton Center.

These move-out waste reduction initiatives are sponsored by Residence Life & Housing, Goodwill, Facilities & Campus Services, and the Office of Sustainability.