Waste Not

Waste Not is an annual, student-run tag sale that fosters equitable sustainability by reducing campus waste and giving back to the community. Our team collects essential supplies every Spring in order to improve access for the Wesleyan student body and Middletown community in the Fall and to raise money for local and environmental causes. We believe in the power of cooperative, focused teamwork to create a future of responsible consumption.

  • Waste Not 2020 - March Move Out

    For Spring 2020, Waste Not will NOT be collecting large donations (no furniture, fridges, etc.), as we want students to stay safe and get home as soon as possible.  From Friday, March 13 – Monday, March 23, we will collect donations of the following:

    • Goodwill bins: clothing, bedding, towels, small household items
    • Food donation bins: all unopened food (will be donated to Amazing Grace)
    • Book/school supply donation bins: all books and school supplies (will go to Resource Center)
    Donation bins will be set up in the following 12 locations for the items listed above:
    1. Usdan - book/food donation bins ONLY (no Goodwill bins)
    2. Bennet - 1st floor next to Res Life office
    3. Fauver - 1st floor lobby next to the elevator
    4. Hewitt 8/9 - In the hallway next to the kitchen
    5. Nics 5 - In the breezeway of Nicholson Lounge
    6. WestCo 4 - Inside doorway that faces Nics
    7. Clark - in the ground floor lobby next to the laundry room
    8. Hi Rise - in laundry room
    9. Butts A - In the vestibule next to the laundry room (outside the study room by the RA bulletin board)
    10. Butts B - Outside the laundry room by the pool table
    11. Butts C - Outside the kitchen and laundry room
    12. 200 Church lobby

    There will also be two outdoor Goodwill collection bins:

    1. Hi Rise Parking Lot
    2. Behind 58 Fountain Ave (next to garage usually used for Waste Not)
  • 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, April 29 - Friday, May 17, 2018: Indoor Goodwill donation bins will be available in select lounges and laundry rooms:

    • Hi Rise laundry room
    • Butterfield A lounge
    • Butterfield B lounge
    • Butterfield C lounge
    • WestCo 3 lounge
    • Nics 5 lounge
    • Hewitt 9 lounge
    • Bennet lounge near staircase
    • Fauver downstairs lounge
    • Clark lounge

    Monday, May 13 - Friday, May 17: Donate small items at Goodwill bins (locations on the map below and in Google Drive).  Dumpsters and recycling bins will be present at these locations. Bring larger items to the Waste Not collection garages behind 44 Brainerd Ave.

    Saturday, May 18: Move-out day.  Waste Not volunteers will be stopping at all Goodwill bins for larger donations.  Waste Not garages at 44 Brainerd and 58 Fountain will be open all day.

    Sunday, May 19 - Friday, May 24: Donate small items at Goodwill bins, and bring larger items to 44 Brainerd garage (leave under the overhang if no one is there).

    Saturday May 25 and Sunday, May 26: Volunteers will be accepting donations from 3-5 PM each day at the 44 Brainerd and 58 Fountain garages.  Early donations are much appreciated!

    Monday, May 27: Senior move-out.  Waste Not volunteers will be accepting donations at both garages and at the remaining Goodwill donation bins.  

    Open on Saturday, 5/18 (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: between 65 and 73 Pearl
    • Station 14: parking lot next to 230 Washington
    • Station 15: parking lot behind Middle House (356 Washington)

    Open on Monday, 5/27 (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 13: between 65 and 73 Pearl
    • Station 14: parking lot next to 230 Washington

    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

    2019 Sale

    Saturday, August 31 (12-3 PM) and Sunday, September 1 (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.