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.

Wesleyan partnered with Goodwill of Southern New England from 2013-2022 and since 2023 has collaborated with Hartsprings Foundation to coordinate Waste Not collection and donate as much as possible to the community.  Wesleyan also collaborates with The Resource Center, Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Grad Bag, Eddy Shelter, and Better World Books to repurpose food, clothing, dorm essentials, and books. 

Since 2009, via the proceeds from the Waste Not tag sale, we have raised $48,000 for local charities, environmentally-based projects, disaster relief, and Wesleyan sustainability programming.

  • Fall Sale 2024

    2024 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)

    Location 2: Garage behind 44 Brainerd Ave. (mini fridges, microwaves, lamps, mirrors, fans, electronics, kitchen appliances, hangers, decorations, school supplies, household items, rugs, and much more! Note that mini fridges are in short supply in 2024.)

    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 ($50-70), arm chairs ($30-40), dressers ($20-30), desks ($20-50), desk chairs ($10-20), bookshelves ($15-30)
    • Refrigerators ($50-60)
    • Microwaves ($30)
    • Lamps: desk ($5-10), floor ($10-20)
    • Electronics: TVs, speakers, printers, etc. ($10-40)
    • Appliances: coffee pots, fans, electric kettles, rice cookers, blenders, etc. ($5-20)
    • Hangers (10 for $1)
    • Rugs ($10-20)
    • Mirrors ($10-20)
    • Bathroom items ($1-3)
    • Kitchen items: dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, baking sheets, cups and mugs, water bottles ($1-10)
    • Alarm clocks ($5)
    • School supplies (notebooks, binders, pens, rulers, art supplies, paper) ($1-5)
    • Decorations: posters, wall hangings, knick knacks ($1-10)
  • Spring Collection

    Waste Not Spring Collection

    What can I donate?

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

    Where and when can I donate?

    Indoor/Outdoor donation bins: Monday, April 29 - Saturday, May 18

    Donate smaller items here. Bring larger items to the Waste Not collection garage behind 44 Brainerd Ave (leave under the overhang on the left side of the garage.

    1. 200 Church entryway
    2. Bennet laundry room
    3. Butterfield A outside the study room
    4. Butterfield B outside the laundry room
    5. Butterfield C outside the kitchen and laundry room
    6. Clark lounge
    7. Hewitt 9 next to kitchen
    8. Nics 5 lounge
    9. WestCo 3 lounge
    10. Hi Rise laundry room (this bin will be available through Monday, May 27)
    11. Fauver ground floor lobby (this bin will be available through Monday, May 27)
    1. Art/Film House Parking Lot
    2. Between 65/73 Pearl St.
    3. Parking lot between 255 Pine and 58 Fountain
    4. Back of LoRise C by parking lot (this bin will be available through Monday, May 27)
    5. Warren St. (truck on-street on Monday, May 27 only)

    Saturday, May 18

    Move-out day.  Waste Not volunteers will be stopping at all indoor and outdoor donation bins and outside each dorm for larger donations.  The 58 Fountain garage (furniture) and Hockey Rink (all other items) will be open all day to accept donations.

    Sunday, May 19 - Sunday, May 26

    Donate small items at outdoor donation bins or leave items under the overhang at the 44 Brainerd garage. Volunteers will accept donations in-person at the 58 Fountain garage (furniture) and Hockey Rink (all other items) on Saturday, May 25th from 3-5 pm and Sunday, May 26th from 2-5 pm. Early donations are much appreciated!

    Monday, May 27

    Senior move-out.  Waste Not volunteers will be accepting donations at the 58 Fountain garage (furniture) and Hockey Rink (all other items) and at the remaining outdoor donation bins.  

    Outdoor Waste Not drop-off locations on Saturday, 5/20 (all residents move out)

    Outdoor Big Brothers Big Sisters bins are at locations marked with *

    • * Hewitt 8/9 circle
    • * Nics 5/5.5, next to lounge
    • * Bennet/Fauver driveway
    • Clark driveway
    • * Behind 44 Brainerd 
    • * Butts A/B/C on Lawn side 
    • * Low Rise parking lot 
    • between Low and High Rise 
    • * Between 65 and 73 Pearl
    • * Parking lot next to Art/Film House (230 Washington)
    • Parking lot behind Lotus House (356 Washington)

    Open on Monday, 5/29 (seniors and other approved students move out)

    Outdoor Big Brothers Big Sisters bins are at locations marked with *

    • Bennet and Fauver driveway
    • * Fountain/Pine backyard by garage
    • * 44 Brainerd garage
    • * Between 65 and 73 Pearl
    • * Low Rise parking lot