New2U Sustainable Move-Out Collection and Move-In Tag Sale

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The New2U Sustainable Move-Out Collection and Move-In Tag Sale is a waste reduction program run by students and staff and supported by Facilities & Campus Services and many other partners across the campus. Volunteers and campus staff collect unwanted items like clothing, futons, lamps, and TVs  during Move-Out, and resell these items during a Move-In tag sale. Now in it's ninth 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 100,000 pounds of items from being sent to a landfill. 

Volunteer for New2U Collection

New2U relies on YOU to be successful every year.  We need all hands on deck!  Sign up for a minimum of just one volunteer shift at our New2U Collection and receive a sweet new t-shirt, a $20 voucher to the fall tag-sale, community service hours, and meet cool people and have fun!  SIGN-UP HERE or Scan the QR Code below...

Move-Out Collection - Spring 2024

HAMPDEN COMMONS: New this year, students in Southwest can bring their donations to Hampden Commons on the concourse (across the 2nd floor lobby from the Hampden Art Gallery). 

Hampden Hours of Operation for Accepting Donations:
Tuesday, May 14, noon-5pm
Wednesday May 15, 9am-5pm
Thursday May 16, 9am-6pm
Friday May 17, 9am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED
Monday May 20, 9am-12pm
*Outside of these hours during evenings or over Commencement weekend, students can donate items at the SW Horseshoe Collection Tent.

COLLECTION TENTS: Collection tents will be set up in Southwest (Horseshoe only), CHC, Central, Northeast, North Apts. and Orchard Hill residential areas. Bring your unwanted items to any tent and place them in the appropriate bin/location in the tent. 

Tent Hours of Operation for Accepting Donations:
Tents will remain open for donations between Tuesday, May 14 to Tuesday, May 21.

Locations:
Southwest Horseshoe Collection Tent
CHC: Birch/Maple Tent
Central (2): Wheeler Tent and Baker Tent
Northeast: NE Quad Tent
North Apartments: A/B Tent
Orchard Hill: Dickinson/Webster Tent
Sylvan: Sylvan Quad Tent

DONATIONS:

New2U collects/accepts the following items:

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.

  • Furniture
  • Room décor (including decorative pillows)
  • Storage (bins/drawers/shelves)
  • Electronics
  • Small appliances
  • Clothing, linens, and shoes (in any condition)
  • Accessories
  • Area rugs
  • Books
  • School/Office supplies
  • Kitchenware/dishes
  • Cleaning supplies (brooms/dustpans, etc.)
  • Cleaning products (unopened)
  • Non-perishable food (unopened)
  • Bath & toiletry items (unopened)
  • Foam Mattress Covers (dry)

We DO NOT collect the following items:

  • Opened food or drink containers
  • Opened/used toiletries
  • Mattresses
  • Soiled/damaged rugs
  • Anything that is broken

What happens to the donations and when is the Tag-Sale?

Donations are collected, stored, sorted, cleaned, tested throughout the summer months by paid student workers and then sold at the New2U Move-In Tag Sale. Items that cannot be resold are donated to local community survival centers, thrift-stores or trashed (last resort).  Foam mattress toppers and textiles are donated to recycling vendor partners.  Foam mattress toppers are turned into carpet pads.

Donations Outside of New2U

You can donate your clothing, linens, and shoes on campus to the Baystate Textile Boxes located in by Brooks Hall in Central and Hampden in Southwest.

 

Move-In Tag Sale - Fall 2024

The 2024 New2U Tag Sale will take place in Hampden Commons New2U Thriftstore (opening in Fall) on Saturday, August 31, 2024 from 8 AM - 5 PM.

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

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

A History of New2U

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 program is organized by students and sustainability staff and is a collaboration between student leadership, Sustainability, 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.

New2U student volunteers jumping in unison