University Housing

Sustainability – Move-Out Donations

Dawgs Ditch the Dumpster and Donate (Dawgs Ditch for short) is an annual landfill diversion initiative and student volunteer opportunity that reflects housing’s commitments to sustainability and student leadership. The program allows residents living on campus to donate unwanted items that may otherwise end up in a landfill.

While donating unwanted items is an option, University Housing encourages residents to think about sustainable options such as reusing items another year or longer, taking accepted items directly to the UGA Swap Shop on Fridays, selling unwanted items, and lastly donating at our convenient drop off sites.

Spring 2021 donation timeline

Monday, April 26 – Thursday, May 13

Donation locations

What should I donate?

Items AcceptedItems NOT Accepted
FutonsMattress Toppers
AppliancesBroken Furniture
ClothingDamaged Items
BeddingOpened Food Items
Household ItemsOpened Hygiene Items
Unopened Food items
Unopened Hygiene Items

Our impact

Every year, Dawgs Ditch the Dumpster and Donate saves an average of 60,000 lbs. of material from ending up in the landfill. That is the equivalent of filling up eight 53-ft trailers or 40 roll off dumpsters. 

Campus partners

America’s Thrift – Benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
America’s Thrift Stores is a for-profit company that supports numerous children’s health and addiction recovery charities. A portion of net profits is contributed to these regional and national charities. This funding enables these organizations to carry out their charitable works.  
Project Safe
Project Safe is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to end domestic violence through prevention and educational programs, crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their children, and advocacy/ systems change work in our community. Founded in Athens, GA first as a network of safe houses, and later as a confidentially located emergency shelter and hotline, Project Safe has expanded over the years to better meet the needs of those seeking to put the pain and horror of abuse behind them. 
UGA Swap Shop
Swap Shop at UGA encourages reuse, repair, and circular economy practices at no cost to campus community members. Keeping the items we bring into our life for their entire lifespan—and then more—is essential to solve the waste crisis we are currently facing. Swap Shop at UGA is a place to trade personal items, which keeps usable goods out of landfills and recirculates them back to the campus community. 
UGA Food Pantry
Located on the first floor of the Tate Student Center, the UGA Food Pantry serves an average of 100 students per day and strives to provide information about other resources offered on campus and in the community to address food insecurity. 


Dawgs Ditch the Dumpster and Donate relates directly to core values of University Housing to promote sustainability and community engagement. To assist with this large landfill diversion event, check out our available volunteer shifts.