Give & Go: A Waste Prevention Initiative


Give & Go: A Waste Prevention Initiative  

This Earth Month, the Sustainability Office, Student Housing Services and Student Experience have teamed up to expand the waste prevention initiative, Give & Go, to include a general donation collection station in Peter Clark Hall. 

What is Give & Go?

Give & Go is a waste prevention and reduction initiative that collects gently used items from students as they move out at the end of the semester and rehomes them to local campus or community organizations, such as the UofG Free Store. 

Instead of tossing out items no longer needed, we encourage our campus community to donate them so they can be rehomed, recycled or repurposed. 

How Does it Work?

During the collection period from Thursday, April 11th to Tuesday, April 23rd, we'll have a designated collection station set up in Peter Clark Hall Wing B (100B), located in the basement of the University Centre. The south elevators closest to the bus loop will take you closest to the collection station.

Look for our posters and Give & Go program volunteers ready to accept your donations.

What Can You Donate?

Below is a general guide of what items are accepted. If you have specific questions about donating, please email

Items accepted for donation include:

  • Kitchenware (must be clean): small working countertop appliances, cups, plates, reusable mugs, etc.
  • Clothing (must be clean and in good shape)
  • Décor: wall art, art prints, hangers, picture frames, trinkets, etc.
  • Books & Textbooks (any date and style are accepted)
  • Storage: bins, pencil holders, plant pots, etc.
  • Small Electronics (must be working): keyboards, lamps, tabletop fans, small printers, etc.
  • Supplies: notebooks, stationary, backpacks
  • Arts Supplies: Yarn, fabric, clean paintbrushes, paint, canvas, etc.
  • Lab Coats and Goggles: These will be rehomed through Green Labs Guelph.
  • Reusable Bags: These will be rehomed to our Bag Bank.

Items NOT accepted include: 

  • Textiles: curtains, pillows, bedding, etc. 
  • Furniture or Large Appliances: To rehome your furniture or large appliances, check out Guelph's ReStore or platforms like Kijiji.
  • Opened Food: Non-perishable items can be donated to the Guelph Student Foodbank. We will always accept donations for the Foodbank at our pop-ups.
  • Hazardous Materials: chemicals, cleaning products, etc.
  • Toiletries: shampoos, soaps, lotions, etc. If the toiletries are unopened, these can be donated to the Guelph Student Foodbank. We will always accept donations for the Foodbank at our pop-ups.

*We reserve the right to refuse to reject any donation that isn't fit for donation.

Where Do Your Donations Go?

All donations collected through the Give & Go Program will be sorted and distributed to local campus and community organizations, including the UofG Free Store, where they will be rehomed for FREE to other students.

Drop, Shop or Swap:

Mark your calendars for April 11th to April 23rd, and stop by Peter Clark Hall to donate your gently used items or to shop some donations available through the UofG Free Store.

For more information or inquiries, please get in touch with Samantha (she/her) at