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Sustainable Move Out Donation Drives

please note the drop-off locations for the most recent move-out session are listed below

This page contains the following information about UMass Lowell's Sustainable Move Out Program:

  1. What is Move Out?
  2. Most Recent Move Out Information
  3. Dates
  4. Bin Locations
  5. Featured News Articles
  6. History of UMass Lowell's Sustainable Donation Drives


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, so we invite you to join us in our collective effort!

To learn the ins and outs of how to donate your extra items, please check out the Student's Guide to Move Out.


Winter 2018 Move Out Dates & Bin Locations

Winter Move Out 2018 ran from December 3rd through December 27th, 2018! Thank you very much to all of those who donated!

University CrossingGround Floor by Crossroads Cafe
O'Leary LibraryGround Floor by Main Entrance
Lydon LibraryGround Floor
Residence Halls:
Riverview SuitesGround Floor near security desk
Sheehy HallGround Floor next to entrance
Concordia HallGround Floor in front of elevators
1301 Middlesex StreetGround Floor in front by Main Entrance
725 Merrimack Street2nd Floor in front of Room 103
River Hawk VillageGround Floor between security desk and RA Office
University SuitesGround Floor in front of elevators
Fox HallGround Floor in front of elevators
Leitch Hall & Bourgeois HallGround Floor next to security desk
Donahue HallGround Floor in front of elevators
Inn & Conference CenterGround Floor next to dining hall



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 a noticeable decrease in the number 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.