Due to health and safety concerns UVM Recycling WILL NOT be collecting donations. In addition, "Take It or Leave It" areas will not be set up outside the residence halls. 

UVM Recycling & Zero Waste strongly encourages you to donate food items, clothing and household goods either locally within Chittenden County or in your home town. The following locations in the Burlington area are accepting donations: 

Food Donations - https://feedingchittenden.org/

Clothing - https://goodwillnne.org/locations/goodwill-store-williston-vt/

Furniture and Household Goods - https://resourcevt.org/ and https://vermonthabitat.org/covid-19-notices-updates/


Donate Your Stuff

During Move-Out Week, we set up donation stations around all residence halls to collect clothing, food and small furnishings. Items are donated to local charitable organizations, and useful items are kept out of the landfill.

Last year, our program collected almost five tons-- that's 10,000 pounds-- of clothing, bedding, food, toiletries and household items.


Large Items


Bring large, heavy and bulky items such as couches, rugs, carpets, cement blocks, appliances, refrigerators, microwaves, lamps & furniture to the outdoor "Take It or Leave It" spots designated around each residence hall.

"Take it or Leave it" areas will be set up during Finals Week.

Please roll up rugs and carpets neatly! And, please set your stuff outside EARLY IN THE DAY.... as anything left outside after sundown might end up as trash.

Collection trucks from ReSOURCE, Habitat for Humanity and other agencies will be making the rounds on Thursday and Friday of Finals Week to pick up useful furniture. Other community organizations and individuals are also allowed to remove and salvage stuff from these designated "Take it of Leave it" areas.

Smaller Items


During Finals Week, look for collection barrels inside your Residence Hall Complex main lobby. These barrels are for smaller items sorted into these 4 categories:

  • Clothing
    All items must be clean. Please bundle or tie shoes together so they don't lose each other!
  • Blankets & Linens
    All items must be clean. Includes towels, linens, bedding, pillows, etc.
  • Food and Toiletries
    Must be un-opened packages. No perishables please.
  • Small Household Items
    Includes dishes, baskets, lamps, art supplies, school supplies, pots and pans, vases, brooms, small appliances, toasters, decorations, etc. Please wrap fragile and glass items in newspaper! NO SHARP KNIVES.

"Take it or Leave it" Map

Residential Life Moveout Details

Information from Residential Life


Where Do the Donations Go?

The UVM Recycling crew picks up smaller items each day and consolidate donations in a central storage area. Your donated items are then given directly to various community-based non-profit organizations. This keeps useful stuff out of the trash, and directs it for reuse by others. The following organizations receive donated items collected in this effort: