Some tips for ditching the dumpster during move-in:

Ask for help! Plenty of volunteers will be on hand to help you figure out how and where to recycle in your new home.

  • Take an extra minute to break down and flatten your boxes before tossing them in the recycling. They will take up much less room and allow us to be more efficient!
  • Don’t use boxes as trash bins to carry stuff out. Or, if you do, make sure to empty them out into the proper receptacle (trash or recycling), then flatten and recycle the box too.
  • Use your room resources. Check the back of your door for a cheat sheet on what can and can’t be recycled. You’ll also find a blue recycling bin in your room. Use it!

In addition to year-round co-mingled recycling, you can recycle all these items during move-in.

  • Cardboard boxes: Cardboard goes with your regular recycling please flatten your boxes
  • Block styrofoam: block styrofoam (like the kind electronics are packed in) can be recycled next to compactors during move-in.
  • Packing peanuts/bubble wrap: packing peanuts and bubble wrap can be taken to your closest UPS Store.
    • UPS Store locations: Palo Verde East and Hassayampa East at the Tempe campus, North Desert Village at the Polytechnic campus; check online for other locations near the Downtown Phoenix and West campuses

Our Mission

Our mission is to produce meaningful change: diverting waste from the landfill, supporting local non-profit organizations, and educating the ASU community about waste, proper recycling, and meeting social needs. Our vision is to be a university that produces zero-waste, that is socially embedded through community partnerships, and whose graduates genuinely desire to transform society.

Ditch the Dumpster at Move-Out

Begins Earth Day, April 22 and runs through the end of May

Ditch the Dumpster at Move-Out is an annual tradition at Arizona State University. The year-end donation and recycling drive collects thousands of pounds of reusable and recyclable items from students as they move out of ASU residence halls. All collected items get used in some way or another. Reusable items are donated to charity organizations that benefit children and families locally. Items that cannot be reused are repurposed or recycled. Ditch the Dumpster is a university-wide initiative, in partnership with University Housing, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Grounds Services, Recycling Services, Goodwill of Arizona, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona and ASU Police Department.

How You Can Donate

Donate most of your unwanted goods in any Big Brothers Big Sisters collection box. Donate your larger items, fragile items, food, and potentially messy items like detergents and cleansers in the large collection area locations. There are locations on every campus – please check the right sidebar for the one nearest you. Don’t forget to use your blue bins and recycle as usual.

1. Donate Smaller Items

Drop off your smaller items in the Big Brothers Big Sisters collection boxes year-round. These items include:

  • Clothing, shoes, and accessories
  • Linens, drapery, towels, blankets, pillows and stuffed animals
  • Books, hangers, and storage bins
  • Smaller household goods

2. Donate Larger Items (During Move-Out)

Drop off your larger, fragile, or potentially messy items in the large collection areas. These items include:

  • Furniture
  • Lamps and egg-crate mattress pads
  • Larger appliances and electronics (usable or not)
  • Tightly-closed detergents or cleansers
  • Unopened, nonperishable food

3. Recycle Items

Recycle the usual items, such as:

  • Paper
  • Flattened Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Glass


Community Participants

Goodwill of Central AZ

Goodwill of Central Arizona is one of the oldest and largest nonprofits in the state. They fulfill their mission of putting people to work by providing no-cost job training programs, placement services, education, and post-employment support to anyone in need of assistance finding a job. Donations help support more than 20 Goodwill Career Centers, located throughout the Phoenix area, Prescott, and Yuma.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arizona

For nearly 60 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages six through 18, in communities across Arizona. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona’s Donation Center collects more than four million pounds of clothing textiles and two million pounds of miscellaneous product each year in the Valley of the Sun. The funds generated from the sale of this product go “DIRECTLY” to fund the mentoring program at BBBS of Caz. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, please visit

Tempe First United Methodist Church will receive many of the items donated at the Tempe campus collection locations. Located on the ASU Tempe campus, Tempe First United Methodist Church has sereval programs that serve and support the community. The hygiene and cleaning supplies donated will be redistributed into the community through their Shower Program, and the non-perishable food donated will be redistributed through both the Shower Program and I-HELP program.

House of Refuge will receive many of the items donated at the Polytechnic collection locations. Located on the ASU Polytechnic campus, House of Refuge is a non-profit organization helping homeless families and individuals in crisis by providing transitional housing and supportive services that assist participants as they strive toward self-sufficiency and seek to attain permanent housing.

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During Spring 2015 Move-Out ASU students contributed 157,594 lbs. of material that was donated to charity, repurposed, or recycled! We challenge you to beat this number!

Donation Locations

Tempe Campus
West and Downtown Phoenix campuses


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Donation Receipt

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