Sustainable Move Out

Throughout the end-of-year move out week, the Office of Sustainability in collaboration with Environmental Health & Safety, the Housing Office and Residential Life collects lightly-used, functional items to donate to local nonprofits in the area and our own Free Store.  In an effort to divert as much as possible from the landfill, we also encourage students to recycle and compost while sorting through their move out items.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can be donated?  Please see the attached list of items that can and cannot be donated, below. 

Where should I put my donated items?   Large white donation bins (locations pictured below) will be placed near nine dumpsters during move out week. 

What is the last day I can donate?  The last day of Move Out Week

Where can I recycle electronics? Saint Mary's has several brown bins on campus to recycle small electronics: in front of the Library, first floor DLS Hall, in front of Galileo Hall, and first floor of the Business Office.

Where can I donate food?  Please place nonperishable, unopened food in the donation bins near your residence hall and we will sort them for you - the food will either go to the Gael Pantry or our local food bank. 

    What can I recycle and compost? Check out Republic Services' recycling guide for what can go in our trash, compost and recycling bins.

      This sounds fun! Can I volunteer?  Yes, contact us at to help us throughout Move Out week