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Waste Not Spring Collection

Waste Not is an annual tag sale held move-in weekend that is run by Sustainability Interns and student volunteers.  In May, Sustainability Interns place donation bins in centralized locations for you to get rid of your reusable stuff.  Everything collected at the end of the spring semester is either donated or sold to students to help you to have an awesome space!  It is run and maintained entirely through the commitment of the Wesleyan community, and truly exemplifies the incredible power in reusing.  For information about the fall sale, click here.

Donation Locations

Collection stations are located around campus on move-out days (underclass students: Saturday, May 16th; seniors: Monday, May 25th). See the campus map and the list of donation locations below. Please check the Google Doc to find which station you have been assigned to and check where that station is located on campus. Dumpsters and Goodwill bins, as well as Waste Not Volunteers, will be present at these locations. Place unwanted small items in the Goodwill bins and larger items next to the bins to be collected by Waste Not volunteers.

Waste Not and Trash Collection Locations

Open on Saturday, 5/16 (all residents move out)

  • Station 1: the circle behind Hewitt 8 & 9
  • Station 2: in front of Nics 5 & 5.5, next to the Nics lounge
  • Station 3: the driveway between Bennet and Fauver
  • Station 4: the Clark driveway
  • Station 6: behind 44 Brainerd
  • Station 8: Butt C on Lawn side
  • Station 9: Butt A in parking lot
  • Station 10: Butt B on Huber
  • Station 11: Low Rise parking lot
  • Station 12: between Low and High Rise
  • Station 13: Hamlin St. parking lot (brick building)
  • Station 14: between 65 and 73 Pearl
  • Station 15: parking lot next to 230 Washington

Open on Monday, 5/25 (seniors and other approved students move out)

  • Station 3: the driveway between Bennet and Fauver
  • Station 5: by the garage in the Fountain/Pine backyard
  • Station 6: by the garage behind 44 Brainerd 
  • Station 7: the lot behind 48 Home Ave.
  • Station 14: between 65 and 73 Pearl
  • Station 15: parking lot next to 230 Washington

You can donate:

  • Clothing, shoes, and hangers
  • Bedding (sheets, towels, pillowcases, egg crates)
  • Furniture (couches, loveseats, futons, dressers, desks, chairs, bookshelves)
  • Refrigerators
  • Microwaves
  • Lamps (desk and table)
  • Electronics (TVs, speakers, printers, computers, phones, etc.)
  • Appliances (coffee pots, fans, electric kettles, etc.)
  • Bathroom items (shower caddies) 
  • Kitchen items (dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, baking sheets, cups and mugs, water bottles)
  •  Alarm clocks
  • Books (including textbooks and course packs)
  • School supplies (notebooks, binders, pens, rulers, art supplies, paper) 
  • Decorations (mirrors, rugs, posters, wall hangings, knick knacks)
  • Food
  • Cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, Swiffers, brooms, vacuums, etc.)

From 2009-2014, Waste Not has raised $13,000 for local charities and environmentally-based projects, as well as funding for Wesleyan sustainability programming.  In 2012, donations supported City Harvest and Macdonough Family Resource Center.  In Spring 2013, Wesleyan partnered with Easter Seals Goodwill Industries of North Haven, CT to coordinate Waste Not collection and donate as much as possible to the community.