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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 residence hall'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. 
  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 Spencer 1st floor parlor closed dumpster (next to Joyner)  
  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 Saturday, April 23rd. Extra trash containers and bulky waste will be in place by Monday, April 25th.  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? 

Student Move-out Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Resources!

The end of April marks the end of the collegiate Spring semester.  It’s time for the population in Chapel Hill to drop and for the number of available parking spots to rise.  It is also time for a huge slug of move-out goodies to hit the landfill.  Do your part to make move out less waste-full. Use the following guidelines to reduce waste, support local charities, and recycle as much as possible!

If you are interested in an end-of-year-move-out collection point at your apartment complex for clean, dry clothing, canned foods and usable household goods, contact our office and we will work with you to set up such a site and help provide publicity to your residents as they prepare to move out. Our office would provide a set of labeled, clean roll carts during the month of May. Your obligation would be to publicize the program, locate carts in a secure, dry area that is easily accessible for residents. Periodic policing will help ensure that the contents are usable and sanitary. Let us know if you would like a set of roll carts for clothing, canned goods and small household items.

Reusable furniture and other household items in good condition can be offered for reuse at “Salvage Sheds” located at Solid Waste Convenience Centers except for BVradshaw Quarry Rd.  Used mattresses can NOT be left at Solid Waste Convenience Centers. 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers have recycling collection for bottles, cans, jars, mixed paper, newspaper, magazines, non-bottle plastics such as yogurt tubs and stadium cups and corrugated cardboard. Recycle all batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, televisions, computers, cell phones and other electronic devices there too! 

Electronics can also be recycled at the Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Rd. in Chapel Hill. Hours there are Monday – Friday 7am to 4pm and Saturday 7:30am to noon.

Clothing and household items in good condition can be donated to local charities and pick-up can be arranged for large loads.

  • PTA Thrift Shop Village Plaza, S. Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill (919) 942-6101
  • Club Nova Thrift Shop, 103-C West Main Street, Carrboro (919) 967-6985. 

Furniture and appliances in good condition can be picked up by the Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Durham and Orange Counties. Appliances must work and be less than 10 years old.  Call (919) 403-8668 to schedule a collection if you can’t drop your items off at 5501 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham, NC 27707

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 drop-off, call them at 929-6380 ext. * 16.  Unserved perishable food can be brought directly to the Community House Facility at 100 W. Rosemary St.

                                                       

Styrofoam packing peanuts and bubble wrap should be brought to local packaging companies like “Pack It Ship It” at MidTown Market on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, or UPS packaging stores throughout the County.  Packing materials should not be left at the recycling dropoff sites.

Metal cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars and all clean, dry paper including, newspapers, phonebooks, envelopes, junk mail, class notes, can be recycled at all five of the 24-hour recycling drop-off sites. 

  • Cedar Falls Park: Weaver Dairy Road
  • University Mall: Mall parking lot behind the gas station on Estes Drive
  • Carrboro Plaza: Behind ABC Store in southeast corner of the Plaza
  • Meadowmont: Behind Harris Teeter (this is the least used site)
  • Hampton Pointe Shopping Plaza: Hwy 86 in Hillsborough behind Home Depot

If the site is full, please take the recyclables to another site (usually Meadowmont site or Hampton Pointe site at Home Depot in Hillsborough are underutilized).  Never ever leave plastic bags at a drop-off site. Take clean, dry empty plastic or paper bags to grocery stores to be recycled.

Hazardous Waste such as “CFL’s” (compact fluorescent lights), paint, hair spray, 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.

Please contact Orange County Solid Waste Management if you have any move-out questions!

(919) 968-2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

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