Eco Move Out

As you get ready to leave residences for the summer, we want to make sure you can donate or recycle anything you need to leave behind. To help keep your stuff out of the landfill, Eco Move Out puts donation and recycling bins at convenient locations throughout residences.

From July 24–August 2, please use these bins to recycle and donate: old electronics, non-perishable food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and mattresses.

What can you donate and where?

Select your residence to find out what you can donate, get a map of bin locations, and sign up for reminders.

Alder & LindenGraduate ResidencesNewton PlaceMichener ParkPinecrest & Tamarack


Since 2013, PODS Edmonton has provided storage containers and services that have been invaluable this program's success. So far, PODS containers have held over 31,500 kg of goods before delivery to community partners.

Waste Connections of Canada supports Eco Move Out through a financial contribution.

Community Partners

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eco Move Out is organized by the University of Alberta (Residence Services and Office of Sustainability). Sponsored by PODS and Waste Connections. Partners include Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, The Mustard Seed, Campus Food Bank, 4 Good Home Services and SCRI.

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