Wednesday, July 21, 2021

MoveOutATX brings donation stations to UT students this summer



City of Austin collaborates with local reuse organizations to help reduce waste and support the local economy during annual move-out season
This July, Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) along with the UT Office of Sustainability will host MoveOutATX, an annual donation event in West Campus. On July 24-25 and July 29-31, students can drop off their unwanted furniture, household appliances, and other gently used items for donation at six stations located throughout West Campus.
 
These drop-off stations will be open daily 12 - 7 p.m. Items will only be accepted during operating hours. At the end of each day, local reuse organizations will pick up all donated items for reuse.
 
"MoveOutATX makes connecting university students with reuse organizations convenient and accessible. Our hope is that they will take advantage of the program to reduce unnecessary waste while donating to local organizations during their move," said Austin Resource Recovery Director, Ken Snipes.
 
In addition to keeping valuable resources out of the landfill and giving them back to the community, MoveOutATX provides a solution to problems caused by stacking furniture and household things in alleyways, backstreets and parking lots. These conditions can lead to public health issues and create barriers for emergency vehicle access.

"In 2019, MoveOutATX collected $190,000 estimated value of recovered material for local reuse organizations participating in the program. We're excited to see what we can accomplish this year," said Maddie Morgan, Conservation Program Coordinator at Austin Resource Recovery.

2021 drop off days and times:
  • Sat/Sun, July 24 – 25, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thurs/Fri/Sat, July 29 – 31, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
 
2021 drop-off locations:
  • Camino Flats (2810 Salado St.)
  • Escala Condos (near Poplar & San Gabriel St.)
  • Croix Condos (across from The Block on 25th at 706 W 25th St.)
  • Cain & Abel's (near alley, 2313 Rio Grande; this location will close at 5 p.m. each day)
  • Pearl St. Co-Op (courtyard at 2102 Pearl St.)
  • 2207 Rio Grande (across from Hardin House)
 
MoveOutATX is hosted by Austin Resource Recovery in collaboration with The University of Texas Office of Sustainability. 2021 participating reuse organizations include Austin Creative Reuse, Goodwill Central Texas, Salvation Army, UT Outpost, the HEAL Initiative, Arms of Hope and Josco Products.
 
For a list of accepted donation items and additional information, please visit MoveOutATX.org.
 
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About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of recycling, trash, yard trimming and large brush and bulk items; street sweeping; dead animal collection; household hazardous waste disposal and recycling; and outreach and education. In December 2011, the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which is the City's roadmap to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040 or sooner.

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