The New2U Move-out Collection and Move-In Tag Sale is a waste reduction program that is created, organized and run by students. In 2013, Campus Sustainability Fellows saw just how much waste can be generated when over 13,000 students move out at the end of each year. At the time, most of the items that were being thrown in a dumpster were only lightly used, or even new! A dedicated group of student sustainability leaders decided they must create an innovative solution to this problem, and so the idea of New2U was born.
The New2U team of student volunteers and campus staff collects unwanted items like clothing, futons, lamps, and TVs from across campus each spring during move-out, and resells these collected items each fall during a move-in tag sale. Now in it's fifth year, New2U is able to sell thousands of new or gently used items back to students, faculty, and staff at affordable prices! Since the program's inception, New2U has been able to divert over 60,000 pounds of items from being sent to a landfill.
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 (PLAN), a non-profit that helps students create zero waste solutions on college campuses. Proceeds from the sale are used to fund future New2U events and other projects that are funded by the Sustainability Innovation and Engagement Fund.
Spring 2018 New2U Move-Out Collection:
This year during move out (May 7th-13th), New2U will be staffing collection tents in the North Apartments, Orchard Hill, Southwest, Commonwealth Honors College and Sylvan! DON'T FEED THE TRASH MONSTER; DONATE YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS TO NEW2U!
Want to help make this year's New2U Move-Out Collection a success? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
We also offer FREE extended stay in Residence Halls for students who volunteer from Friday May 11th- Sunday May 13th. Email umass.new2U@gmail.com if you are interested!
Fall 2018 New2U Tag Sale:
The Fall 2018 New2U Tag Sale will take place Sunday, September 2nd from 9am - 6pm in the Student Union Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public!
Early Bird Special: Pay $5 for the early bird special (free to International Students) from 8am - 9am for early access to all tag sale items. Free entry after 9am for everyone. Sign up to volunteer for the 2018 Fall New2U Tag Sale HERE!
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