UMass Amherst’s New2U Move-Out Collection Program Plays a Key Role in Campus Recycling and Sustainability


DATE:           Thursday, May 11, 2017

TIME:            11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PLACE:         Southwest Residential Area at Coolidge and Washington residence halls

As part of the New2U collection program during student move-out, more than 50 student volunteers and campus staff will be collecting unwanted items including clothing, futons, lamps and televisions to be resold next fall at the New2U move-in tag sale. Last year the program collected about 12 tons of material during move-out. The tag sale in the fall made $11,000 in one day.

“New2U is one of our points of pride for our campus because students created, organize and run this program with the coordination and assistance from many different campus staff,” says Ezra M. Small, campus sustainability manager. “New2U has really transformed the way in which we as a campus community think about consumerism, waste, campus living and environmental responsibility.”

Material collected at move-out is stored during the summer and cleaned, organized and tested prior to the fall tag sale. Items that aren’t sold are donated to the Amherst Survival Center, Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

The program is organized by students, supported by the Sustainability Innovation and Engagement Fund and is a collaboration between student leadership, the Physical Plant, Residential Life, the Office of Waste Management, Moving Services and New Student Orientation. The program also gets planning assistance from the Post-Landfill Action Network, a non-profit that helps students create zero waste solutions on college campuses. Proceeds from the tag sale are used to fund future New2U events and other projects that are funded by the Sustainability Innovation and Engagement Fund.