Donating reusable items and "Move Out"

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The annual “Take it or Leave it” Program, offered during move-out each year, is an on-campus opportunity to donate unwanted items to charity. During move-out a lot of additional trash is generated. NU Recycling conducts the annual clothing and food drive in all residence halls with an additional collection location at SPAC.Take it or leave it Every year, Take It or Leave it donates 10,000 lbs of reusables.

Boxes for "Take it or Leave It" will be placed in the lobby/entry of each location - one for clothing/linens/small household items and one for nonperishable food. Boxes will be emptied throughout the program and items will be donated to local charities.

Off-campus students can bring their donations to the Take It or Leave It locations or work with Move in Move out (MIMO), a Kellogg student initiative, which will coordinate pick up unwanted, usable items and resell them back to NU students in the fall. This is a new project that is working to end the cycle of students buying new household items every year. 

Please donate the items you don’t want, reuse whenever possible and recycle all you can!

For information contact NU Recycling, 847-467-1374 or


Other donation sites

There are many options for donating items in the Evanston area.  Donation “drop boxes” are located throughout the community.  
The Evanston YWCA has a list of drop boxes which benefit the organization.

Charitable resale shops are another option and some charitable organizations will make pickups for larger items:   

The SWANCC Green Pages Directory is another resource for donation, reuse and recycling options.