As you pack your belongings to leave residence at the end of the year, you’ll likely come across items that you no longer wish to keep. To help keep these items out of the landfill, Eco Move Out places donation and recycling bins at convenient locations throughout residences.
These bins can be used to recycle or donate: old electronics, non-perishable food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and mattresses.
Since 2013, PODS Edmonton has provided storage containers and services that have been invaluable for this program’s success. So far, PODS containers have held over 31.500 kg of goods before delivery to community partners.
Waste Connections of Canada supports Eco Move Out through a financial contribution.
Unusable electronics will be donated to Shanked Computer Recycling Inc., an e-waste recycling company that recovers component products for downstream recycling and diverts hazardous chemicals from the landfill.
Personal care and beauty products will be donated to the Mustard Seed, an organization that addresses the root causes of poverty in Alberta, and strives to create lasting and positive change for the people served.
Non-perishable food and toiletries will be donated to the Campus Food Bank, a confidential on-campus service that distributes food and toiletries to eligible members of the university community: students, staff, alumni, and their children.
Clothing and household items will be collected by Goodwill Industries of Alberta, a local, non-profit, social enterprise whose mandate is to break down employment barriers for disadvantaged peopleand support education and workplace training. Most of these items will be donated immediately; however some will be stored, merchandised, and sold to incoming residents in August during the Move-In Market.
Large appliances and furniture will be donated to Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, which sells new and gently used home improvement items for home renovation projects. All proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity charity work building homes and serving families.
Mattresses will be donated to and recycled by 4 Good Home Services, a non-profit, social enterprise based out of Edmonton that aims to reduce poverty through employment. Proceeds of this organization are reinvested in the community programs run by 4 Good Home Services. Components of donated mattresses are manually sorted by staff, and the materials in the mattress (steel, polyurethane foam, cotton, wood, etc) will go into recycling streams to be made into new products.