Road to a Zero Waste Move Out


By May 21st over 3,000 students will move out of campus housing. The May 21st move deadline is a tight timeline for students finishing finals and perhaps graduating. Thinking ahead can lead to increased reusable item and food donation to local non-profits and higher recycle rates.

To reduce items sent to the landfill, event helpers (link to sign up), community partners and departments across campus work together to provide options for donation and recycling. Partners include:

MOVERS - Extra waste sorting opportunities

Main Campus and Promontory

Thursday, May 12th – Extra sorting options arrive

  • Large roll-off recycling and landfill dumpster pairs - Parking lots
  • Reusable item donation bins (Hope Services) – Residence Halls
  • Food donation bins (Food Bank for Monterey County) – Residence Halls

East Campus Housing

Friday, May 20th and Monday 23th @ 8:00 am curbside pick up

  • Curbside bulky item reusable item pick up. Leave reusable items in good working condition on the curb by 8:00am. Hope Services will collect.

Tips for a Smoother Move

Start early. Sort before you leave your room:

1.Donate reusable items

  • Clothes, dishes, cleaning supplies, electronics, clean towels, sheets and toiletries.
  • Non-perishable food

2.Recycle most non-reusable items

  • Paper, cardboard, glass products, plastic, plastic bags and small electronic waste. For a complete list of recyclable items click here.

3.Landfill remaining items

  • Most items are recyclable or can be donated.
  • Items usually include opened food, bathroom trash or broken items. (click here for full list)

EVENT HELPERS – Take 5 minute online training . Sign up here for a 2 hour shift. (click here)

For any questions contact Rachel Sutton –