New2U Sustainable Move In & Out

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

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENT: 2021 SPRING MOVE-OUT
 

To UMass Campus Community:
Since 2014 UMass Amherst has held the New2U Sustainable Move-In and Move-Out program. Last spring 2020 when the campus responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New2U program was put on hold following safety protocols. New2U is a collaboration among UMass Facilities & Campus Services, Residential Life, the Office of Waste Management, and student volunteers that has diverted hundreds of tons of gently used belongings from the landfill. Each spring we set up collection tents throughout the residential areas where students and community members are able to donate furniture, clothing and linens, room décor, books, office supplies, cleaning products, electronics, non-perishable food, etc. during the spring move-out. Those items are then cleaned, organized, and stored for one of the largest reuse tag sales in Massachusetts. The New2U Tag Sale is held during Move-In Weekend each fall for incoming students to purchase items at an affordable, convenient on-campus location. This program is a point of pride for our University and is evidence of the long standing commitment to a sustainable campus, Commonwealth, and world.

Due to COVID protocols, spring and fall 2020 were the first semesters since 2014 that UMass was unable to hold the New2U program. This year, we will again have to cancel New2U for the spring 2021 move-out in May. This also means that there will be no fall tag-sale in September 2021. We are looking forward to bringing New2U back to the campus for spring and fall 2022.
Spring Move-Out May 10th - 16th What to Expect and What is Expected of You: Since New2U will not be taking place this spring, all on-campus residents will be expected to take all belongings home with them upon moving out of the residence halls.

If you have unwanted clothing, shoes, or bed linens in any condition, these items can be dropped in the Bay State Textiles boxes (located outside Brooks in Central or Hampden on the Southwest horseshoe). During move-out Bay State Textiles will only be accepting clothing, shoes, and bed linens. Any other unwanted/unneeded items can be donated in YOUR local community once you arrive home.
Aside from the Bay State boxes for clothes, shoes, & linens, there is nowhere on campus for students to leave any belongings large or small. Students must take all belongings home with them. Any dumping on campus grounds or in the residence halls will be strictly enforced and those in violation may be referred to the Dean of Students Office to go through the conduct process. Please make prior arrangements to ensure you have the ability to take home all belongings currently in your possession.
For assistance or questions related to public health guidance and move-out schedule and reservations please visit www.umass.edu/living/assign/spring-move-out or email living@umass.edu.
Thank you!

How you can help: 

Donate your clothing and linens on campus to the Baystate Textile Boxes located in Orchard Hill and Southwest Residential Areas.

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! 

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

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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.