New Campus Thrift Program Aims to Reduce Waste During Student Move-Out

April 28, 2015

MISSOULA – When University of Montana students move out of residence halls and off-campus rentals this May, they will have a convenient place to send their unwanted items other than the dumpster. From May 13 to 17, the new Campus Thrift program will host 10 collection sites located both on and off campus where students can get rid of any items they no longer want. 

Collected items will be sorted and then sold at the Campus Thrift Sale in the Mansfield Mall on May 20. Anything not sold at the sale this spring will be sold in the fall when students are back on campus and looking to furnish their residences at a low cost. All proceeds from the sale will go toward campus sustainability projects. 

“There is a tremendous amount of waste generated during student move out, and most of the things that end up in the trash are gently used items that can easily be reused,” said Katherine Brady, director of the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center and an organizer of Campus Thrift.

The collection sites will accept everything from clothes to furniture to appliances, and will even provide a free furniture pick-up service for off-campus students on Friday, May 15. Mattresses and hazardous materials will not be accepted at collection sites. 

Campus Thrift is a collaborative effort between the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center, UM Recycling, the UM Office of Sustainability, the Office of Residence Life and a group of dedicated student volunteers. 

The program currently is recruiting volunteers to staff the collection sites and sale. Both students and community members are encouraged to volunteer and help reduce waste from move-out week. Interested parties can sign up to volunteer via Facebook at or by emailing

Contact: Katherine Brady, director, ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center, 406-243-2017,