|"TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT" - STUDENT MOVE-OUT WEEK|
Each spring, 10,000 students move out of the University of Michigan's (U-M) 15 residence halls, leaving behind items such as clothing, food, toiletries, household materials, furniture, and loft-wood/lumber. During move-out week, U-M Grounds & Waste Management Services and the Housing Division divert up to 20 percent of the waste stream from landfill disposal by collecting reusable items and directing them to local charitable organizations.
Overview of Procedure
Unwanted bulky items including carpets, loft wood, lumber, and furniture are placed in "Take It or Leave It" areas outside each residence hall's loading dock area. These items are made available to charitable organizations.
& Health Precautions/Personal Protective Equipment
During Move-Out Week alone, 20 tons of scrap and loft wood are recovered and turned into chips for landscaping and industrial furnace fuel, and over 50 tons of mixed office paper, cardboard, newspapers, cans, and bottles are collected for recycling.