What Can I Recycle?

Submit a recycling request online, look up your indoor building schedule,

or call us at (919) 962-1442.   

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Don't ditch it. Donate it!

As you start packing for move-out from the residence halls, you may Dumpsters and rolloffsdiscover that you've collected a lot more "junk" than you arrived with. You'll probably decide that some of this stuff will have to go, but don't throw it away! Other people can use items you think are junk, and you don't need to go very far to find a place to donate your stuff.

What can I donate?

Where do I donate it? 

Where do my donations go?

What if I live off campus?

Though it may be tempting, remember that individuals are not permitted to enter dumpsters or remove items from donation stations. The only groups that are permitted to remove items from dumpster sites and donation stations are TROSA, OWRR, and Housing Support. For more information, click here.

For more move-out donation information, visit UNC Housing's website.

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What can I donate?

The following items and materials may be donated or recycled. Thank you for giving these items a second life!

   Recyclable and Donatable materials Drop-off location
   appliances donation station
   athletic equipment donation station
   bedding donation station
   books donation station
   bottles and cans blue recycling carts, outside
   cardboard blue cardboard dumpster, outside 
   carpet donation station
   cleaning supplies donation station
   clothing donation station
   computers donation station
   electronics (broken and working) donation station
   fans donation station
   food, unopened and non-perishable donation station
   furniture donation station
   futon frames place next to dumpster, outside
   lamps donation station
   mini-fridges donation station
   paper blue recycling carts, outside
   printers donation station
   school and office supplies donation station
   scrap metal  place next to dumpster, outside
   shoes donation station
   toiletries and personal items, unopened donation station
   towels donation station
   toys donation station
   wood waste, clean and untreated place next to dumpster, outside
   wood waste, treated or painted place in open top dumpster (rolloff)

Click here for instructions to prepare the items. Remember: futon frames should be place outside, in the "bulky waste" sites next to the dumpsters.

Donation station

If you have questions about additional materials, please contact us at (919) 962-1442 or recycling@fac.unc.edu. 

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Where are my donation station, extra trash containers and bulky waste site?

Find your dorm's TROSA donation station, extra trash containers and bulky waste sites.

 

  Residence Hall TROSA Donation Station Extra trash containers Carpet and Scrap Metal Sites
  Alderman Kenan 1st floor TV lounge open top rolloff  
  Alexander Joyner 1st floor lounge  All scrap metal (including futon frames) should be placed in the designated Bulky Waste sites next to the dumpsters and extra containers. 
  Avery Avery 1st floor lounge closed dumpster
  Aycock 2nd floor study lounge #235 closed dumpster
  Baity Hill Bldg 1700 3rd floor lounge open top rolloff (BLDG 1503), trailer
  Carmichael Carmichael Multipurpose room open top rolloff
  Cobb Cobb 1st floor piano lounge open top rolloff
  Connor Pavilion 2nd floor lounge open top rolloff
  Craige Craige Basement elevator lobby open top rolloff
  Craige North Craige North Basement lounge #134 open top rolloff
  Ehringhaus Ehaus Basement Game Room 2 open top rolloffs The sites will be marked by labled orange cones. 
  Everett Everett 1st floor Lounge  open top rolloff
  Graham 2nd floor study lounge #235 closed dumpster
  Granville  POD, Agora Side
  Grimes Mangum 1st floor lounge open top rolloff (Emerson Dr)
  Hardin Morrison 1st floor multi-purpose room open top rolloff The materials will be picked up and recycled.
  Hinton James Hinton James 1st floor Game Room open top rolloff
  Horton Hinton James 1st floor Game Room open top rolloff
  Joyner Joyner 1st floor lounge  open top rolloff
  Kenan Kenan 1st floor TV lounge open top rolloff
  Koury Koury 1st floor lounge #134 open top rolloff Do not place futon frames and carpet in the dumpsters. 
  Lewis Lewis 1st floor lounge  open top rolloff
  Mangum Mangum 1st floor lounge open top rolloff (Emerson Dr)
  Manly Mangum 1st floor lounge open top rolloff (Emerson Dr)
  McIver Kenan 1st floor TV lounge open top rolloff  
  Morrison Morrison 1st floor multi-purpose room open top rolloff  
  Odum Village POD on Hibbard Dr open top rolloff (tennis court)  
  Old East Old West 1st floor lounge  
  Old West Old West 1st floor lounge  
  Parker Avery 1st floor lounge open top rolloff  
  Ram Village 1 RV 1 Basement Multi-Purpose Room open top rolloff  
  Ram Village 2 RV 1 Basement Multi-Purpose Room open top rolloff  
  Ram Village 3 RV 1 Basement Multi-Purpose Room open top rolloff  
  Ram Village 5 Taylor Basement Elevator Lobby Room#40G open top rolloff  
  Ruffin Mangum 1st floor lounge open top rolloff (Emerson Dr)  
  Spencer Sencer 1st floor parlor closed dumpster (next to Joyner)  
  Stacy Everett 1st floor lounge   
  Taylor Hall Taylor Basement Elevator Lobby Room#40G open top rolloff  
  Teague Avery 1st floor lounge open top rolloff  
  Winston Pavilion 2nd floor lounge open top rolloff  

The donation stations will be open Friday, April 26th. Extra trash containers and bulky waste sites will be placed the week of April 22nd.  Thank you for disposing of your waste properly and donating usable materials!

 Extra trash containers will be placed next  to or near the permanent dumpster sites unless otherwise noted.

Contact us at (919) 962-1442 or recycling@fac.unc.edu if you have questions about your move-out waste locations. 

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Where do my donations go?

This year most of the items donated will go to Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA). TROSA is a comprehensive two year residential substance abuse recovery program in Durham. Substance abusers live on TROSA’s drug-free campus where they are provided vocational training, education, counseling, mentoring, leadership training, and aftercare. Residents gain work experience at one of TROSA’s many businesses, including moving and storage, lawn care, furniture and frame, grocery, and tree lots. Over 1100 people have graduated from the program and gone on to live healthy, productive lives as members of their communities and families.

Electronic waste will be recycled by American Greenz, an Environmental Solutions company in Durham. American Greenz refurbishes and recycles electronics and provides consulting to businesses looking for environmental solutions.

Bedding will be donated to Paws4ever, a non-profit organization in Chapel Hill. Paws4ever improves animal welfare by educating people of all ages about the humane treatment of companion animals, promoting affordable spay/neuter programs, helping county shelters find pets permanent homes, and offering high-quality training programs for dogs and their owners. 

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What if I live off campus?

Living off-campus? Before you ride out of town, stop by the 2nd Annual Student Move-Out Reuse Rodeo!

Before you head out of town bring your used but useful stuff to this SPECIAL COLLECTION

Wednesday April 30 – Saturday May 3

9:00 a.m.‐2:00 p.m.

Hargrave’s Community Center, “lower lot” on Mitchell Lane (off of Rosemary), Chapel Hill

Check out this list and then bring your items to benefit these local non‐profits

 PTA Thrift Store and local schools:

 • Clean clothing, belts, bags, shoes and accessories

 • Working small appliances: toasters, microwaves, blenders, heaters

 • Housewares: shelving, lamps, area rugs, dish sets, sheets

 • Furniture in good condition

 Too big to move?  Call the PTA Thrift store to make a pick up appointment for large items and furniture (919) 417-0553

 

Back‐to‐school for kids at the Hargrave’s Center:

 • Blank notebooks and binders

 • Unused paper of all colors and types

 • Lightly used book bags

 • Calculators

 • Pens, pencils, erasers, glue sticks and other unused school supplies

 

 The Inter‐Faith Council:

 • Clean, reusable cloth bags

 • Unopened food

 • Unopened personal care products (shampoo, lotion, feminine products)

 

Compass Center for Women and Families:

 • Cell phones (with chargers if possible)

 

 Electronics equipment such as computers, TV’s and stereos

 • Will be triaged then donated for reuse or recycled.

 

 If it is not on this list, please do not bring it to the collection. Do not leave items outside collection hours. Our goals are to reduce move‐out waste and support local re‐users.

Questions? (919) 968‐2788 or email recycling@orangecountync.gov

Other donation options are listed below.

Reusable furniture and other household items in good condition can be offered for reuse at “Salvage Sheds” located at four of the Solid Waste Convenience Centers in the county (see www.co.orange.nc.us/recycling/centers.asp for a map to all site locations:

  • Eubanks Rd. (1 mile west of Hwy 86/ Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill),
  • Ferguson Rd. (near intersection of Old Greensboro Highway, three miles west of Carrboro), and
  • High Rock Rd. (1/4 mile west of Mill Creek Rd. in Efland).
  • Walnut Grove Church Rd (1/4 mile east of Hwy 86, north of Hillsborough) NOTE: THIS SITE WILL REDUCE SERVICE TEMPORARILY BEGINNING JUNE 1 for about four months.

All Solid Waste Convenience Centers have recycling collection for bottles, cans, jars, mixed paper, newspaper, magazines and corrugated cardboard. Recycle all batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, and televisions, computers, and other electronic devices there too.  Eubanks Rd and Ferguson Rd Center hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 7am-6pm. Saturday 7am-5pm, Sunday 1-6 (Closed Wednesdays, and Thursdays) Bradshaw Quarry, Ferguson and High Rock are open Tuesday & Friday 7am – 6pm, Saturday 7am- 5pm, and Sunday 1pm – 6pm.

All metal cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars and all clean, dry paper including newspapers, phonebooks, envelopes, junk mail, class notes, and magazines in the roll carts on site at your apartment complex. 

Plastic bags, cups, tubs, and bowls are not recyclable at the carts.   Take clean, dry empty plastic bags to grocery stores to be recycled. Tubs, cups, bowls, crates, toys and related plastic with the number #2, #4  and #5 may be recycled at convenience centers listed above.

Clothing and household items in good condition can be donated to the PTA Thrift Shops at 103 Jones Ferry Rd., Carrboro (919) 967-1272 and at S. Elliott Road in Village Plaza next to Whole Foods, Chapel Hill (919) 942-6101, at Club Nova Thrift Shop located at 103-C West Main Street in Carrboro (919) 967-6985 and OCIM at 300 Millstone Court in Hillsborough (919) 732-6194). 

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore will pick up furniture and appliances that are in good condition.  Appliances must work and be less than 10 years old. Call (919) 403-8668 for collection.

Donate unopened cans and boxes of non-perishable food items and unused personal care items to the Inter-Faith Council Food Pantry at 110 West Main Street in Carrboro, between 9-5 weekdays. If you need to make special arrangements for weekend dropoff, call them at 929-6380 ext. * 16.  Unserved perishable food like fruits and vegetables can be brought directly to the IFC Community House Facility at 100 W. Rosemary St.

Take Styrofoam packing peanuts and bubble wrap to local packaging companies like the various UPS packaging stores throughout the County or Pack it Ship it 1202 Raleigh Road  Chapel Hill,  (919) 968-1181  Never leave packing materials at recycling sites.

Hazardous waste such as paints, hair spray, nail polish, bug spray, drain cleaner and any flammable, toxic or corrosive liquids should be taken to the Hazardous Household Waste  (HHW) Collection at the Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Road. HHW is open Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 7:30 am to noon.

Questions? Contact Orange County Solid Waste Management at (919) 968-2788 or email recycling@co.orange.nc.us.

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