Eco Move Out

With hundreds of students leaving the University of Alberta's residences each summer, many things often end up in the garbage that could have been reused or recycled.

To help keep your stuff out of the landfill, the Office of Sustainability, Residence Services and several partners on campus and in the community organize Eco Move Out at key times of the year.

Beyond the usual recycling bins you find in residence, additional bins are made available to collect items for recycling and donation.

In spring and summer of 2016, the following items were collected for recycling and reuse:

Broken TV, monitor, cell phone, printer.


Unusable electronics will be donated to Shanked Computer Recycling Inc., an e-waste recycling company. SCRI recovers component products for downstream recycling and diverts hazardous chemicals from the landfill.

Acceptable items include: unusable computers, laptops, televisions, servers, mice, keyboards, speakers, printers, cell phones and more. Learn more about acceptable Shanked Electronics Recycling items.

Tooth paste, cereal, canned goods.

Non-perishable food items and toiletries

Non-perishable food and toiletries will be donated to the Campus Food Bank, a confidential on-campus service that distributes food and toiletries to eligible members of the university community: students, staff, alumni, and their children.

Acceptable items include: non-perishable food items, canned soup, pasta, peanut butter, cereal, pasta sauce, juice, unopened toiletries, soap, toothpaste, etc. Learn more about preferred donations for the Campus Food Bank.

Electric kettle, old shoes, hand bag.

Clothing and household items

Reusable clothing and household items will be collected by Goodwill Industries of Alberta. Most of these items will be donated immediately; however some will be stored, merchandised, and sold to incoming residents in August 2016.

Goodwill is a local, non-profit, social enterprise whose mandate is to break down employment barriers for disadvantaged people and support education and workplace training. In Alberta, 500,000 Goodwill donors divert 10 million pounds of useable goods from local landfills every year.

Goodwill Industries of Alberta accepts: clean and functional clothing, shoes, dishes, kitchenware, games, home decor, small appliances and electronics. Learn more about acceptable items for donation to Goodwill Industries of Alberta.

Cabinet, office chair, case.

Appliances and furniture

Large appliances and furniture will be donated to Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. Habitat for Humanity's ReStore sells new and gently used home improvement items for home renovation projects. All proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity charity work building homes and serving families.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts: clean and functional appliances (mini-fridges, etc.), furniture (upholstered furniture, couches, desks, storage solutions, desk chairs, etc.) and construction materials (lumber, sinks, etc.). Learn more about acceptable donations to Habitat for Humanity's ReStore.

Soap bottle, cosmetics, perfume.

Personal care containers

Personal care and beauty products will be donated to the Mustard Seed, an organization that addresses the root causes of poverty in Alberta, and strives to create lasting and positive change for the people served.

Acceptable items include: opened or empty hair gel tubes, shampoo bottles, hand soap dispensers, nail polish, nail polish remover, body wash, razors, shaving cream, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and feminine hygiene products.

Only if unused: lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner pencils, lip balm, tubs of lotion, soap bars.



Used mattresses will be donated to and recycled by 4 Good Home Services, a non-profit, social enterprise based out of Edmonton that aims to reduce poverty through employment. Proceeds of this organization are reinvested in the community programs run by 4 Good Home Services.

Components of donated mattresses are manually sorted by staff, and the materials in the mattress (steel, polyurethane foam, cotton, wood, etc) will go into recycling streams to be made into new products.

Acceptable items include: spring or rubber mattresses, box springs, futons.

Mattress icon courtesy of Rémy Médard.

Special thanks to the sponsorship of PODS Edmonton, whose shipping and storage containers will be used to collect donations.

EMO partner logos.

Did you know?

The University of Alberta currently diverts over 55 per cent of the institution’s waste from the landfill and has set a goal to increase this to 90 per cent by the end of 2020. To find out more about UAlberta’s sustainability goals, see the Sustainability Plan.

More information:

Please get in touch with the Office of Sustainability.

Call 780-492-9289