Since 2008, we have collected 67,650 kilograms of items left behind by students, that’s approximately the weight of 150 polar bears!

The equivalent weight in rhinoceroses


The equivalent weight in panda bears


The equivalent weight in beer kegs

What is The Dump and Run?

The Dump and Run is an activity that helps students moving out of residences avoid sending their stuff to landfill. At the end of each semester, the Office of Campus Sustainability partners with Housing Services to collect items and send them off to local charities or to the Free Store.

The next Dump and Run will take place at the end of this semester.


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Free Store donations

You can help out by learning how best to direct your unwanted items or by volunteering your time at the Free Store. There is nothing we appreciate more than the time you donate.

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Move-out guide

Check out this guide to help you get rid of the things you don't want anymore.

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Giving back

Here is a list of the organizations that we work with to make sure your donations help others outside of the University of Ottawa community.