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Zero Waste Move Out

In order to reduce waste during move-out, we coordinate and collect donations of items in good condition that can be reused or repurposed.

For information on move-out aside from waste diversion, please visit Housing's Undergraduate Move-Out webpage.

Where to Take...
Shelves of pantry items next to a fridge. Photo from Bronco Pantry.

Food and Toiletries

The Center for Sustainability partners with Bronco Pantry and the Office of Student Life to address food insecurity.

  • What we are collecting: Unopened shelf-stable, canned and non-perishable food items and unopened toiletry items
  • Where we are collecting: Green barrels outside the Cellar Market
  • When we are collecting: June 7-15, anytime Benson is open

Food that is not eligible for donation should be composted.

Note: If you borrowed a personal compost pail this year, please clean and return it before Thursday, June 1 at 2pm. Empty, clean compost pails can be dropped it off at our office in Bergin 200 anytime Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm up until Thursday June 1.

A student smiling as they pick up a shirt from a table of clothes

Clothing Items

*free of stains and holes

These items will be used during Swap for Good on Friday, June 9. Any leftover pieces will be donated to a local non-profit or saved to be upcycled for EcoFashion Show 2024.

  • What we are collecting: Clothing (coats, dresses, pants, shirts, skirts), shoes (boots, sandals, sneakers), and accessories (bags, belts, jewelry, purses)
  • Where we are collecting: Bergin 200
  • When we are collecting: June 5-8 (week 10) from 8am-5pm; items can also be dropped off during our Swap for Good event Friday, June 9 on Swig lawn
A room full of bins, baskets, organizers, and decor

Room Decor / Supplies

*in good condition – things people would want to use again!

June 14 update: We are at capacity and can no longer accept room supply donations. Please consider donating at one of the off-campus organizations rather than throwing away your items.

These items will be given to incoming students in the Fall as part of our Bronco Surplus program. Anything we are unable to store over the summer will be donated to a local nonprofit.

  • Where we are collecting: Casa Italiana Commons, McLaughlin-Walsh Commons, and University Villas Multipurpose Room (for Villas residents only)
  • When we are collecting: June 12-15 (finals week) from 9am-1pm
Shelves stacked with binders, notebooks, and textbooks

School Supplies

*in good condition – things people would want to use again!

Drop off any time at the Share Shelf. These items are free for anyone to take.

  • What we are collecting (for a detailed list, check the Share Shelf page): Adhesive and writing tools, school supply organizers, paper items
  • Where we are collecting: Share Shelf (downstairs Benson near the KSCU office)
  • When we are collecting: Any time Benson is open
Several full blue recycling bags on the ground outside with students and a dumpster in the background


Recycle unsoiled paper products, plastics labeled 1-7, aluminum, metal, and glass in any regular recycling bin. There are specific locations to recycle the following special items:

  • Universal waste: To recycle batteries, chargers, earbuds, lightbulbs, and records / tapes / CDs, drop them in the blue towers located in residence hall lobbies and the Learning Commons
  • Terracycle: To recycle any empty deodorant containers, lip balm / lip gloss tubes, makeup containers / packaging, mouthwash bottles and toothpaste tubes, shampoo containers, and soap packaging, as well as Brita filters and other Brita products, drop them in the Terracycle collection bins in Malley whenever open. You can also recycle beauty products at Nordstrom in Westfield Valley Fair Mall.
A pile and bin of clothes to be donated. Photo by Julia M Cameron on Pexels

Other Items

For items we can't accept (ex: mini fridges, furniture, bedding, etc), drop them off at the Hope Services truck in the Casa parking lot June 12-14 from 8:30am-1pm.

Here are other local off-campus organizations that collect donations. Visit the links to see what they accept:

  • RAFT: Accepts more obscure items like office / school supplies, fabric pieces, party decorations, unused kitchen supplies such as coffee stirrers, food trays, and drinking cups

Detailed List of Room Supplies Accepted

Drop these items off in good condition from June 12-15, 9am-1pm to Casa Italiana Commons, McLaughlin-Walsh Commons, and University Villas Multipurpose Room (for Villas residents only):

 Room Organizers
  • Baskets
  • Bins with lids
  • Desk and drawer organizers
  • Drawer units
  • Hanging racks
  • Makeup holders
  • Shelf units
  • Shower caddies
  • Storage bins
Closet Organizers
  • Clothing racks
  • Hangers
  • Laundry baskets / hampers
  • Shoe racks
  • Under-bed storage
  • Artwork
  • Cork or whiteboards
  • Mirrors
  • String lights
Small Appliances / Electronics
  • Coffee makers
  • Fans
  • Hair dryers / straighteners / curlers
  • Irons / steamers
  • Lamps
  • Microwaves
  • Power strips
  • Toasters
  • Vacuums
  • Bed-risers
  • Desk chairs
  • Ottomans
  • Paper towel holders
  • Small garbage bins


Summer Storage

Bronco Storage provides storage per box or bulk item, free boxes for customers, as well as pick up and drop off services for those seeking a summer storage solution. Bronco Storage is not affiliated with Santa Clara University.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Good luck on finals and have a good summer!