Each year during Move Out periods in the Spring and Winter the Office of Sustainability collects, sorts and donates any unwanted material from our students in Residence Halls. All of the material is donated to local and regional charitable organizations.
UMass Lowell began its first sustainable donation diversion drive in 2014 collecting 3,400 pounds of material. Prior to 2014, no goods were formally diverted from the waste stream and dumpsters were often overflowing with material that could be used by other students or individuals in need.
The university continued to see the amount of material donated grow as procedures were improved upon to 6,000 pounds in 2015, and 14,200 pounds in 2016. In 2017, the university ran its smoothest donation drive collecting a total of 10,500 pounds of material.
The decrease in weight this year is attributed to the noticeable decrease in the amount of large furniture items donated (couches and chairs). Although that reduced the overall amount of weight collected we noticed a significant increase in the quantity of clothing and small household goods donated this year. This confirmed that drop in weight was due to uncontrollable fluctuations in the make-up of the ever-changing material residents bring with them to campus.