Moving Days 2016

Donate your unwanted items Aug. 12-17!

Moving Days is an opportunity to reduce waste by donating, re-homing or recycling unwanted items. During city moving days, the Office of Sustainability is partnering with the City of Madison, Society of St. Vincent de PaulGoodwill Industries, WE CONSERVE, and Open Seat Food Pantry to operate several donation stations around downtown apartment buildings and in the campus area.

Plan ahead

Get ready to move with this moving checklist!

Looking to get rid of things before you move? Check out this map for donation and recycling resources that are available on and near campus year-round.


Not sure where to take household items like paint, batteries or medication? Click here to find disposal sites around Madison or consult the City of Madison recycling guidelines.

Donate & Take

The Office of Sustainability has different recycling locations near campus to donate various items during move out.The Office of Sustainability will also manage a Donate & Take station at Lot 45 (165 N Mills St.), where students and community members can drop off items they do not want and browse other donations for wanted items, in an effort to minimize waste during the moving period. Acceptable items include clothing, furniture and other household items.

The Donate & Take location will be open during the following dates and times:

August 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
August 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
August 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
August 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
August 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
August 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Recycling_GW_editSt. Vincent de Paul and Goodwill will host donation areas at campus and downtown locations and in several apartment high-rises to accept clothes, shoes, books, kitchenware and other household items in good, usable condition.

If you live in one of the following downtown apartment buildings, look for a Goodwill donation bin in your building. Items in the donation bins will be given to charity. Please do not take items from the bins.

  • Equinox
  • 420 Gorham
  • Humbucker
  • Vantage Point
  • Grand Central
  • X01
  • Lucky
  • Regent
  • Henry Street Apartments
  • Highlander
  • Embassy
  • La Ville
  • Park Regent
  • Varsity Quarters
  • The Hub
  • Towers on State
  • 625 Langdon St.

St. Vincent De Paul will have a donation site at the 602 W Washington Ave (U-haul parking lot). This site will be open during the following dates and times:

  • Aug. 12, 1-7 p.m.
  • Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For a complete list of the items you can donate at this site, please visit St. Vincent De Paul’s website.

The Open Seat Food Pantry will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items and other unopened packages (such as toiletries, toothpaste, dish soap, etc.) at Lot 45 (165 N Mills St.). The Open Seat also accepts donations during Moving Days and year-round at the following sites:

  • The Financial Aid Office (9th Floor of the 333 E Campus Mall)
  • Student Activity Center main desk (3rd floor of 333 E Campus Mall)
  • ASM office (4th floor 333 E Campus Mall)
  • Red Gym (Main Lobby)
  • School of Nursing (Main Lobby)
  • Dean of Students Office, 70 Bascom
  • Engineering Building (1410 Engineering Drive Main Lobby)

WE CONSERVE will manage an e-waste donation site at Lot 45 (165 N Mills St.). Most items with a cord or batteries can be accepted, including computers, monitors, phones, small appliances, game systems and TVs.