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'Don't Trash It!' donation campaign runs May 9-23

Have a perfectly good item you won’t need anymore? Donation Stations will be set up throughout campus May 9-23 to collect your items and bring them to local nonprofit organizations.


Students will once again have the opportunity to get rid of their unwanted items in a sustainable way as the academic comes to a close.

Through the Don’t Trash It! campaign, students can donate usable items such as unopened food, furniture, clothing and blankets to multiple community charities. Last year, more than 11,000 pounds of goods were donated to local nonprofit organizations. 

Students living on campus can drop items at the Donation Station in their residential neighborhood. Students living off campus as well as faculty and staff can drop items off directly at the Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill trucks parked in the Oaks or Danieley residential neighborhood lots. The trucks will be open for donations from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

What is collected?

  • Unopened, nonperishable food
  • CLEAN sheets, blankets & comforters
  • Furniture, in good condition
  • CLEAN clothing and small housewares, working condition

What is NOT collected?

  • Rugs
  • Pillows
  • Opened food
  • Open cleaning products
  • Dirty items
  • Broken items

More details, including information about your nearest donation station, can be found in this FAQ sheet

Volunteers are needed and can sign up for a shift to help collect items or monitor trucks. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last). 

Don’t Trash it was initiated in 2008 by the Truitt Center for Spiritual and Religious Life. It is coordinated by the Office of Sustainability in partnership with Residence Life and Sorority and Fraternity Life as well as community partners: Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Allied Churches, First Presbyterian Church, Salvation Army and Hospice of Alamance Caswell. 

For additional information, contact the Office of Sustainability at (336) 278-5227 or sustainability@elon.edu.

Owen Covington,
5/3/2018 1:50 PM