Friday, May 10, 2019

Moving Out for Summer or Graduating? Don't Waste! Donate to Trash to Treasure!

Wednesday, May 15 – Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Trash to Treasure is a campus-wide initiative to increase awareness of and participation in sustainable practices during move out at the end of the academic year. The Trash to Treasure program ensures that students have a place to donate their unwanted new and/or gently used items, which both reduces the amount of trash collected at the end of the year and increases support of the DC Metro area through partnerships with GreenDrop and the American Red Cross.

During the week of finals, you can find a collection station in or near your place of residence to give away (almost) any item that you do not plan to pack up and take home with you or that you were going to throw away.

View a list of reusable items that will be accepted as part of the Trash to Treasure program.
Items Accepted
We are taking non-perishable food, gently used clothing and linens, office and school supplies, small appliances and electronics, books, movies, kitchenware, games, toys, and any other small personal furniture.
Important Note: Items collected during Trash to Treasure will be donated to families in the DC Metro area. As such, please be mindful of what you are donating and ensure that all donated items are in respectable condition.
Donation Items for Inside Collection
  • General Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
Non-Perishable Food
  • All food goes in the Food bin
Non-Clothing Items
  • Small Appliances
  • Small Electronics
  • Art Supplies
  • Office/School Supplies
  • Kitchen Items
  • Blankets
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Books (textbooks specifically go in the University Libraries Textbook bin)
  • CD's and DVD's
Donation Items for Outside Collection (Items for Recycling)
The items below can be recycled at the pallets located near dumpsters around the residence halls.
  • Refrigerators
  • Televisions (with direct coax cable connection)
  • Broken/Damaged Items with a cord or board

  • Including padding, mats, and egg crates
Donation Items for POD Locations
In addition to the donation sites in residence hall lobbies, we also have 3 POD locations on South Campus (near Worcester Hall/McKeldin Library, outside of Annapolis Hall, and outside of the Leonardtown Community Center) available for your donations during specific hours:
  • Monday, May 20: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 21: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 22: 1:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
Accepted items at the PODs include any of the items listed above for inside collection and the following:
  • Small Furniture
  • Desk Chairs

Textbook Donation Drive
Sponsored by University Libraries
Donate a textbook, help a fellow student, be a sustainable Terp.
The University Libraries Top Textbooks program loans textbooks for the 100 largest courses on campus for four hours at a time. Popular since its inception in 2015, the program provides a free alternative to expensive textbooks.
Student groups have joined forces this year to expand the program. Conceived by the University Libraries Student Advisory Group, supported by the Residence Hall Association, the Student Government Association, and MaryPIRG, and working with the Trash to Treasure program, the 2019 Textbook Donation Drive encourages students to make a difference.
One lucky donor will win a $100 Amazon gift card from UMD Libraries!
How do you donate your textbooks to the Textbook Donation Drive?
Collection bins will be located in McKeldin Library and at all internal Trash to Treasure collection sites. All donations will be accepted, but textbooks will be added to the Top Textbooks program only for high-demand courses. Working with staff, the University Libraries Student Advisory Group may decide to sell donations to raise funds to purchase different books or fund other student priorities.

Bike Donation
Donate your bike to DOTS’ new Bicycle Recycle program to help fellow Terps and the environment.
The DOTS Bicycle Recycle program aims to reduce environmental waste that results from abandoned bicycles and enable students to commute sustainability. Donated bikes will be rebuilt by RecWell Bike Shop mechanics and sold to students at a discounted price in the Fall of 2019.
How to Donate your Bike
You may donate your bike at any time at the DOTS Office in Regents Drive Garage or the RecWell Bike Shop. UMD’s Trash to Treasure will also open Bicycle Recycle donation stations during residence hall move-out week during specific hours:
  • Friday, May 17: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at The Diner, Ellicott Community
  • Tuesday, May 21: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Leonardtown Community Center
  • Wednesday, May 22: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at South Campus Dining Hall
This program is made possible by a Sustainability Fund Award from the UMD Office of Sustainability.