Since 2008, we have collected 67,650 kilograms of items left behind by students and given it all back to the community!

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 in every residence 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, in the weeks leading up to move out.

You can find temporary donation bins in residences in the following locations:

  • 90 University (Beside lounge room 140)
  • Hyman-Soloway (Main floor lounge)
  • Thompson (Near main floor back entrance)
  • Stanton (Near elevators)
  • Marchand (Near elevators)
  • Leblanc (Back entrance lounge)
  • 45 Mann (Near mail room)
  • Annex (Near elevators)
  • Henderson (Main Lobby)
  • Friel (Main Lobby)
  • Rideau (Near elevators)

You can always donate by using the red donation bin located in the Learning Crossroads (CRX), under the main staircase.


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Free Store donations

You can help out by donating your unwanted items or by volunteering your time at theFree Store. 

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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.