Sustainable Move-In & Move-Out

Project Overview


Each semester Residential Life partners with the Office of Waste Management to provide centralized recycling and reuse stations for cardboard boxes outside of each housing cluster.  Students and parents are guided by signage as part of a campus wide Sustainable Move-In program.


When semesters at UMass Amherst come to a close, student leaders, the Physical Plant, Waste Management, and Residence Life implement a recycling system for students moving out of residence halls.
Bins for trash, recyclable items, clothing and canned goods are placed inside or near every residence hall on campus. Students enrolled in the UMass Amherst Eco-Rep Program aid the facilities staff on campus by educating their peers about the Sustainable Move-Out campaign and why it is important for all students to participate.

At the end of the Sustainable Move-Out Campaign for the spring semester 2010, UMass collected 6.7 tons of clothing, which was donated to the Survival Center and Salvation Army. One ton of food was also collected and donated to the Survival Center. 

Based on data from May 2007, the University reduced its total waste generation from 404 tons to 294 tons in May 2010. Out of the 294 tons collected, 37.5 tons was bulky waste (rugs, futons, computer chairs, etc).