Program Helps Students Move Out Responsibly

April 14, 2014 - News Release

Move-Out Madness this month will help University of Guelph students dispose of unwanted items in environmentally and socially sustainable ways.

Now in its eighth year, the event helps students moving out of residence to redirect unwanted items into the community or the city’s landfill, rather than leaving them on the curb.

The program is co-ordinated by Off-Campus Living (OCL) within Student Life at the University of Guelph.

“Move-Out Madness is comprised of four free primary services: bulky item pickup, clear the shelves, stuff swap and e-waste collection,” said Gillian Maurice, who is managing Move-Out Madness for OCL.

Bulky items, including bikes, will be picked up free, April 16 to 30. Students must fill out an online registration form; terms and regulations are available online.

Items are donated to Habitat for Humanity Restore, given to students or sent for proper disposal. This service accepts non-perishable food items and clothing for redistribution to the community. Students may also drop off these items at “stuff swap” in the University Centre courtyard.

Stuff swap takes place in the UC courtyard during the exam period, April 9 to 20. Students may take or leave items at the drop-off stations.

In “clear the shelves,” April 7 to 21, residence students may donate non-perishable food and clothing at drop-off locations in each residence hall.

Students may dispose of e-waste such as computers and cellphones in an environmentally safe and reliable way. The e-waste collection service will take loosely discarded, surplus, obsolete or broken electrical or electronic devices.

“We work in partnership with the City of Guelph, Habitat for Humanity Guelph Restore, Guelph Food Bank, Meal Exchange Guelph and several university groups,” Maurice said.

“We will also be continuing our annual partnership with the Guelph-Wellington Volunteer Centre and providing a day of service to the Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge. We still need volunteers for nearly every aspect of the program.”

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