90.04 tons of stuff find new home


This year sustainability@BU and Goodwill partnered for Move Out  diverting  99 tons of clothing and household items from landfills. 

In order to reduce waste during the move-out period, Boston University has partnered with Goodwill Industries since spring 2010. The program gives students the opportunity to donate unwanted goods to Goodwill during the last month of the academic year. Collection bins are placed in fifteen convenient locations throughout campus so that students may have easy access to drop-off areas. Goodwill collects clothing and other goods from each location and then sells those items in stores to support important local job training and youth programs.

Goodwill, not Landfill is now implemented at the end of each semester to capture all the good stuff students leave behind when they move out of their dorms. The Goodwill, not landfill sustainability@BU move-out program diverted 43.8 tons of good stuff from landfills in 2011 (41.1 tons in spring and 2.6 in fall). Since May 2009 this program has diverted 503 tons of clothing, electronics, and housewares from the landfill.


Goodwill Tonnage Graph 16

Donating clothing and household items diverts waste from landfills and reduces CO2emissions – furthering Boston University’s commitment to sustainability. By donating these items to Goodwill, you are supporting a local, non-profit organization which sells used items – making them affordable for the public. Profits from local Goodwill stores are then used to support Goodwill’s employment, training, and social programs.

Between April 30th and May 23rd, drop off your donations in any of the drop- off locations across campus dorms. Goodwill will make regular pick ups of used clothing and household items across campus.



Students making donations at Warren Towers




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