'Don't Trash It!' campaign runs through May 31

Donation stations are set up throughout campus to collect gently used items to benefit local nonprofit organizations

Do you have perfectly good items you no longer need? Students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to donate their unwanted items through Elon’s end-of-year move-out program, Don’t Trash It!

Students, faculty and staff can donate usable items such as unopened food, furniture, clothing, household items and bedding to multiple community charities. Last year, more than 16,000 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 and Danieley residential neighborhood lots. The trucks will be open for donations from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the campaign.

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
  • Foam mattress pads
  • Bed pillows (throw pillows are ok)
  • Opened food
  • Open cleaning products
  • Dirty items
  • Broken items

More details, including information about your nearest Donation Station, can be found online.   

Volunteers are needed and can sign up for a two-hour 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 the Kernodle Center, Environmental Services, 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.