Move Out Information & Tips

Moving out of your residence hall, apartment, or office?

Learn how to save money, donate useable items, and be more mindful during move-out!

Residential Students

Annual Move-Out Collection for the Residence Halls


  1. Save $ (room charges for residents, waste hauler fees for college)
  2. Make moving out easier
  3. Redirect unwanted, useful items to those that can use them

2021 collection statistics:

  • 2 box trucks full of clothing & household items donated to ReSource
  • Food and books donated to our Campus Food Shelf / Feeding Chittenden and Better World Books

2022 Move-Out Collection Dates

May 2-16, 2022

What you can do:

  1. Be thoughtful and mindful in your move-out time. We all are ready for summer break—if we work together, we can get there quickly without trashing the campus (and planet), and help out those in need who can use the stuff we no longer want.
  2. Educate yourself about what can be collected for donation:  
    • Clothes, bedding, linens, towels, blankets, etc.: anything without major stains, holes, etc.
    • Shoes & boots: ok as long as they come in pairs
    • Food: anything that has not been opened and is not perishable
    • Toiletries & cleaning supplies: even if opened, these can be used by local organizations
    • Household items such as dishes, baskets, lamps, pots & pans, brooms, decorations, hangers, bathroom totes, shelving, storage boxes, etc.: should be in general working order, not majorly damaged
    • School & arts supplies: book bags & backpacks? Half-used notebooks? Half a package of envelopes? Sharpened pencils? All fine.
    • Books: we can take pretty much anything that still has a cover and isn't wet, ripped, etc. Recycle otherwise.
    • Plants: we'll find a home for them if they are still living
    • Appliances & Electronics: if in working or repairable order, we can take them. Should be generally clean (no moldy food in fridges, please)
    • Furniture: if not majorly stained, damaged, or with holes (and known to be bed-bug free), we can take these.
    • What we cannot accept: open food, broken or damaged items, foam mattress pads, bed pillows
  3. Remember to recycle! All paper, cardboard, empty glass & plastic bottles and containers, cans, etc. can and should be recycled in the recycling dumpsters outside of each residence hall. Batteries and electronics SHOULD NOT GO in the trash, but into the e-waste collection bins found in each hall. If there is a lot of food waste, people can bring it to the compost bins behind the IDX center, by the loading dock. Need a refresher on what can be recycled? See the Sort it Out guidelines.
  4. Have unneeded prescription drugs? Dispose of them properly. See more information here. 

Our partners in this effort include:

Commuter / Off-Campus Students

Live in downtown Burlington and moving out? Stay tuned for details for the 2022 annual Spring Move-Out Project (SMOP).

See the UVM Office of Student & Community Relations Move-Out Newsletter for tips.

SMOP Is brought to you by the Community Coalition: Champlain College, UVM Office of Student & Community Relations, UVM SGA, Burlington Code Enforcement, Casella, Myers, ReSource, and CSWD

Faculty & Staff

Moving out of your office?

Office clean-out tips:

  1. Think carefully about what items (e.g., furniture, files) you'll need in your new space, and what items you'll leave behind. Avoid moving items only to throw them away once you get there.
  2. Identify any furniture, equipment, or other large items to be picked up by Physical Plant. Please submit a work order to schedule a pickup.
  3. Got old files and papers? Submit a work order to get an extra recycling bin that can be used for paper recycling.
  4. Try to use up any extra office supplies before your move.

Special items to separate for reuse & recycling:

Many items can be reused or recycled. As you pack up your office, please take the time to separate the following categories, and avoid the temptation to toss everything in one big trash bag. Clearly label all items and boxes, and stage them in a manner for the Physical Plant or Sustain Champlain crew to pick up after you've submitted your work order through SchoolDude.

Books Set these aside in a sturdy box for book collection.
Office Supplies Box unwanted, small office supplies, label "office supplies," and request the pickup, as part of your work order, to go to the Swap Shop in Skiff Hall. 
Computers & Electronic Waste (floppy disks, CD's, VHS tapes, etc.) Items like old monitors, keyboards, and speakers must be kept separate from other equipment as they go to a special "e-waste" recycling facility. Please pile all computer-related items in one area, tag as "e-waste," and include this in your work order.
Scrap Metal Small metal items like shelving brackets, wire, broken staplers, etc can be recycled as "scrap metal". Keep these in a separate box and include this in your work order.

Be sure to refer to the detailed recycling guidelines page for more information on what can be recycled and how to do it.


Contact us ahead of time before your big clean out. We'll even help do a walk-through of your area to point out what can be recycled and reused.

Thanks to UVM Recycling for adapted content.