Sustainable Move Out

Throughout the end-of-year move out week, the Office of Sustainability in collaboration with Facilities Services, 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?  Friday of Finals 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? Gael Pantry makes it easy to donate unexpired, non-perishable, unopened food.  Revised Gael Pantry hours and location are listed here.  

    What can I recycle? Check out Republic Services' recycling guide for what can go in the trash or recycling bin.

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