UM Campus Thrift Seeks to Eliminate Waste

May 03, 2017

MISSOULA – When University of Montana students move out of their residence halls and off-campus rentals this May, they will have convenient places to dump unwanted items other than dumpsters.

In its third year, the Campus Thrift program will host six collection sites located both on and off campus where students can drop off items they no longer want Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13. Collected items will be sorted and then sold at highly discounted prices from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Campus Thrift Sale at UM’s Schreiber Gymnasium.

Unsold items will be donated to local thrift stores. All proceeds from the sale will benefit campus sustainability projects identified by the departments organizing the program.

“The annual Campus Thrift is a fantastic way to make sure that totally useable items don’t end up in a landfill,” said Mary O’Malley, director of the ASUM Renter Center. “The event also helps break the cycle of buying new every move. Students can donate items that worked in the dorms and pick up items that will help them set up a home off campus without breaking the bank.”

Collection sites will accept everything from clothes and housewares to small appliances. Mattresses, textbooks, large furniture and hazardous materials will not be accepted.

The four on-campus sites will be located outside residence halls. The two off-campus sites are the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house, located at 1125 Helen Ave., and the University Villages Community Center at 3 Elkhorn Ct.

Campus Thrift is a collaborative effort between UM Sustainability, UM Recycling, the ASUM Renter Center and the Residence Life Office. The program is recruiting volunteers now to staff the collection sites, sort items before the sale and work the sale. Both students and community members are encouraged to volunteer and tangibly reduce waste from move-out week. All volunteers will receive one free item of their choice.

Interested parties can sign up to volunteer via Facebook at “UM Campus Thrift” or by emailing


Contact: Eva Rocke, UM sustainability coordinator, 406-243-4323,; Mary O’Malley, director, ASUM Renter Center, 406-243-2017,