Students moving out of University Housing this month have many options to recycle, re-use, and donate items to minimize waste and keep the planet green.
Move-Out will begin in the last days of April as students complete their exams, and continue until May 1 when the residence halls close at 11 a.m. All the details about Move-Out can be found on the Housing website, including:
- Leaving the room or apartment in order
- Changing mailing address – mail forwarding forms
- Rental refrigerator
- Blue Bucks balance
If your student is returning to U-M in the fall, sometimes it's easier to store personal furnishings and accessories in Ann Arbor over the summer, rather than try to carry it back home or ship it. There is no space in the residence halls or apartments, however, for personal property storage. A university-contracted vendor, John's Pack & Ship, is one of several commercial sources for personal property storage.
Each year Move-Out presents a shining moment in the University’s recycling and reuse campaign with students. Extra containers are added to the usual recycling locations throughout the residence halls and apartments. Last year, students leaving for the summer:
- Recycled 28 tons of paper, plastics, glass, metal and other materials, plus 3.37 tons of carpet
- Left behind 56.7 tons of refuse
- Donated over 10 tons of clothing, shoes, bedding, household items and non-perishable foods to Purple Heart, Food Gatherers, Easter Seals, the Salvation Army and other charities
Donations are a great way to let others reuse items that students don’t want, can’t believe they own, or simply don’t have room for in the car.
"The Move-Out Donations Program is one of the efforts we are most proud of,” says Alison Richardson, recycling coordinator for Waste Management Services. “In addition to being a wonderful collaboration with Student Life, it’s an opportunity for the students to give back to the community while reducing our ecological footprint.”
Waste Management Services will place collection boxes in several campus buildings, including the Union and Pierpont Commons, for student donations. The City of Ann Arbor Public Services also offers a free drop-off location for bagged refuse, discarded furniture, as well as donations of clothing, furniture, appliances and non-perishable food items from off-campus students.
On April 25 there will be a free E-Waste Recycling event in Ann Arbor. This is an opportunity to safely and responsibly dispose of old computers, printers, phones or other electronic devices.
To help Student Life continue making a difference in students’ lives, please consider making a gift.