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Don’t Toss it!—Vanderbilt’s Earth Friendly Move Out Tips

Posted by on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in News, Waste & Recycling.

With the hustle and bustle of finishing up the semester, moving out can be a hectic process of trying to fit a year’s worth of items into cars, suitcases, and storage. For all the items that don’t fit, Vanderbilt’s Earth Friendly Move Out provides opportunities to keep a large volume of material out of the landfill while helping others at the same time.


The Office of Housing and Residential Education (OHARE) will have donation locations set up at all campus residence halls benefiting a variety of non-profit charities. You can donate many items, including old textbooks, clothing, and furniture, at any of these locations or post them on Vandy FreeSwap!


In addition to donating, there are many convenient locations on campus for recycling common items. Please drop off your broken electronics, tablets, computers, and appliances in the specially designated areas outdoors around the residence halls that are set up only during move out. The main campus areas are open April 22 – May 10 and the Commons locations are open April 22 – May 3. For ink and toner cartridges, batteries, and pens, markers and mechanical pencils, recycling is available year round at the Sarratt and Commons Center main desks. Battery recycling is also available at all Reeve desks. Click here for a map of these locations.

For more traditional recycling items such as plastic, paper (including textbooks), aluminum and flattened cardboard, students are encouraged to use the residential recycling areas located next to their dumpsters rather than throwing items away.

If you are Vanderbilt faculty or staff, please read the recent MyVU story here for donation sites that are available to you.

For more information about Earth Friendly Move Out, please visit the SustainVU website, contact, call 343-2784 (E.ARTH on campus) or watch our award-winning recycling videos here!

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