Sometimes, what comes into Lafayette stays at Lafayette. Or at least in the area.

Mini-fridges, lamps, unopened boxes of pasta, and backpacks full of books and notebooks are just some of the items left behind when students leave for summer break. Over a 10 year tradition, Green Move Out has collected gently-used clothing, dorm goods, furniture and more to donate it to local non-profit organizations. In 2018, students could drop off their donations in every dorm, or deliver clothing to outdoor Big Brothers Big Sisters bins around campus. This time, there were other ways to recycle as well. During the sorting process, volunteers were able to sift through donations and toss them into respective recycling bins if they didn’t meet the standard. Four Revolution Recovery dumpsters were available from May 7th to the 22nd to students as well. Things that can’t be donated, but are difficult to recycle, could be pickup up by the company: wood, metal, carpet, plastic, rugs, and couches. All of the items that would have gone to waste made it to places where it could be eaten, worn, used, or made into something new.

The new Green Move Out logo and signage made their debut amidst a scurry of donation pick-ups in golf carts, on foot, and by truck. Over the course of May, donations were collected and kept at a drop-off site until the very last day of the event. Once all items were on site, and sorted thanks to our gracious volunteers, charities came to “shop” through the goods. ProJeCt Easton, Firth Youth Center, Safe Harbor, and many more came to pick up essentials for their organizations. The Office of Sustainability would like to thank Facilities, Grounds, professors and academic departments, Athletics, student volunteers, and everyone who made a donation towards the cause.