Waste Not

Waste Not is an annual program that fosters equitable sustainability by improving access to low-cost items while reducing campus waste and raising money for local and environmental causes. Our volunteer team collects essential supplies every spring during move-out and holds a fall tag sale for the community. We believe in the power of cooperative, focused teamwork to create a future of responsible consumption.

  • Spring Collection

    Waste Not Spring Collection

    What can I donate?

    • Clothing, shoes, and hangers
    • Bedding (pillows, sheets, towels, pillowcases, egg crates; no mattresses)
    • 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 (opened or unopened; no perishable items)
    • Cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, Swiffers, brooms, vacuums, etc.)

    Where and when can I donate?

    Monday, May 3 - Saturday, May 22, 2021: Indoor Goodwill donation bins will be available in select lounges and laundry rooms:

    1. 200 Church entryway
    2. Bennet lounge near staircase
    3. Butterfield A lounge
    4. Butterfield B lounge
    5. Butterfield C lounge
    6. Clark lounge
    7. Hewitt 9 lounge
    8. Nics 5 lounge
    9. WestCo 3 lounge
    10. Hi Rise laundry room
    11. Fauver downstairs lounge (this location will remain until Friday, May 29)

    Monday, May 17 - Monday, May 24: Donate small items at Goodwill bins at the three locations below.  Dumpsters and recycling bins will be present at these locations. Bring larger items to the Waste Not collection garage behind 44 Brainerd Ave.

    1. HiRise parking lot (110 Church St.)
    2. Back of LoRise C by parking lot (110 Church St)
    3. Art House Parking Lot (230 Washington Street)

    Saturday, May 22: Move-out day.  Waste Not volunteers will be stopping at all Goodwill bins and outside each dorm for larger donations.  Waste Not garages at 44 Brainerd and 58 Fountain will be open all day.

    Sunday, May 23 - Wednesday, May 27: Donate small items at Goodwill bins, and bring larger items to 44 Brainerd garage (leave under the overhang if no one is there).  Volunteers will accept donations from 3-5 PM Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the 44 Brainerd and 58 Fountain garages.  Early donations are much appreciated!

    Thursday, May 28 (rain date: Friday, May 29): Senior move-out.  Waste Not volunteers will be accepting donations at both 44 Brainerd and 58 Fountain garages and at the remaining Goodwill donation bins.  

    Waste Not Drop-off locations on Saturday, 5/22 (all residents move out)

    • The circle behind Hewitt 8 & 9
    • In front of Nics 5 & 5.5, next to the Nics lounge
    • The driveway between Bennet and Fauver
    • The Clark driveway
    • Behind 44 Brainerd
    • Butt C on Lawn side
    • Butt A in parking lot
    • Butt B on Huber
    • Low Rise parking lot (Goodwill bin also available here)
    • between Low and High Rise (Goodwill bin also available here)
    • Between 65 and 73 Pearl
    • Parking lot next to 230 Washington (Goodwill bin also available here)
    • Parking lot behind Middle House (356 Washington)

    Open on Monday, 5/31 (seniors and other approved students move out)

    • The driveway between Bennet and Fauver
    • The garage in the Fountain/Pine backyard
    • The garage behind 44 Brainerd 
    • Between 65 and 73 Pearl

    Since 2009, Waste Not has raised over $34,000 for local charities, environmentally-based projects, disaster relief, and financial aid, and Wesleyan sustainability programming. Since 2013, Wesleyan has partnered with Goodwill of Southern New England to coordinate Waste Not collection and donate as much as possible to the community. 

  • Fall Sale

    2021 Sale

    Saturday, September 4 (12-3 PM) and Sunday, September 5 (10 AM - 1 PM)

    Location 1 (Saturday ONLY): Garage behind 58 Fountain Ave. (couches, chairs, futons, other furniture, rugs)

    Location 2: Garage behind 44 Brainerd Ave. (mini fridges, microwaves, lamps, mirrors, fans, electronics, kitchen appliances, hangers, decorations, school supplies, household items, and  much more!

    Waste Not Sale locations are at 44 Brainerd and 58 Fountain Avenues.

    Items for Sale

    Prices are subject to change.  Please contact wesustainability@gmail.com for questions about pricing and what's available.

    • Furniture: couches, loveseats, futons ($40-50), arm chairs ($30-40), dressers ($20-30), desks ($10-50), desk chairs ($5-20), bookshelves ($5-25)
    • Refrigerators ($35-50)
    • Microwaves ($20-25)
    • Lamps: desk ($5-10), floor ($10-20)
    • Electronics: TVs, speakers, printers, etc. ($5-30)
    • Appliances: coffee pots, fans, electric kettles, rice cookers, blenders, etc. ($5-15)
    • Hangers (20 for $1)
    • Rugs ($15)
    • Mirrors ($10-20)
    • Bathroom items ($1-3)
    • Kitchen items: dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, baking sheets, cups and mugs, water bottles ($1-5)
    • Alarm clocks ($5)
    • Books (including textbooks and course packs) ($1-15)
    • School supplies (notebooks, binders, pens, rulers, art supplies, paper) ($1-5)
    • Decorations: posters, wall hangings, knick knacks ($1-3)

    Since 2009, Waste Not has raised $34,000 for local charities, environmentally-focused projects, disaster relief, and financial aid.