New2U Sustainable Move In & Out

Twelve students volunteering for New2U, all jumping in the air and smiling at the same time!

COVID-19 Precautions 

We know that a lot of unexpected changes have happened in response to COVID-19. This year, our move-out collection and tag sale will not be taking place. With limited time to make decisions and organize logistics, and concerns about limiting the spread of the virus within our community, this was a hard decision to make but we believe it is the right one. The steps taken are intended to reduce the risk of infection for the students who are returning home, as well as for the essential employees and the small number of students who remain on campus. We encourage you to take home all of the belongings you brought to campus, including the items you would have donated (please don't send them to the landfill!). If public health conditions improve, we may hold a small collection for the limited population on campus in the Spring. 

Stay safe!

How you can help: 

Go minimalist! Don't purchase or bring items with you that are non-essential to the residence halls!

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About New2U:

The New2U Move-out Collection and Move-In Tag Sale is a waste reduction program that is created, organized and run by students and supported by Residential Life, Physical Plant, and many other partners across the campus. 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 sixth 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 80,000 pounds of items from being sent to a landfill. 

The program is organized by students and is a collaboration between student leadership, the Physical PlantResidential Life, the Office of Waste ManagementMoving Services, and New Student Orientation. The program initially received 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.

Check out this video of the tag sale from 2019, students were super excited when the doors finally opened! 

Spring 2021 New2U Move-Out Collection:

Check back here for announcements later in the year. 

​Want to help make next year's New2U Move-Out Collection or this year's tag sale a success? Email umass.new2u@gmail.com! 

Summer 2021 New2U Interns:

Check back here for announcements later in the year.

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Thousands of items ranging from kitchen items to electronics, minifridges and apartment furniture are set up for our huge annual New2U tag sale.

A student buying a minifridge and one of our New2U student volunteers smile at the camera

Sam the MinuteMan gives a thumbs up and a smile, he is posing with one of the microwaves for sale at the New2U Tag Sale.