[Re]Move & [Re]Use is a pilot program organized by the City of Austin, Keep Austin Beautiful, State of Texas Alliance for Recycling and the UT Office of Sustainability, to help students [re]move gently-used items commonly thrown away during summer move out into the hands of local [re]use organizations.  

Through a community-wide collaborative planning process, the pilot hopes to identify sustainable long-term solutions to establish a culture of thoughtful consumption and reuse in West Campus.  

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The Problem

Over 12,000 students live in West Campus - the neighborhood directly west of the University of Texas at Austin. Each July, a significant volume of material is abandoned on the curb or near dumpsters when students move. Much of this material could be reused, and the pattern causes headaches for students, parents, community members, property owners and the City. 

Piloting a Solution

The City of Austin, in partnership with Keep Austin Beautiful, the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling and the UT Office of Sustainability, is collaborating with the community to test solutions to capture reusable items when apartment leases end July 31, 2018. 

From July 27 to August 1, 2018, there will be three drop-off points in West Campus. Students can bring reuse organizations gently used items during operating hours.

Pilot Goals

  • Involve community partners to find a solution to off-campus student move-out 

  • Encourage college students to reuse, resell, and donate unwanted material instead of throwing it “away” 

  • Create a process that can be repeated, scaled, and sustained by the community 

  • Move closer towards Austin's  Zero Waste goal

  • Help increase used material donations and provide economic development opportunities for local reuse organizations 

  • Decrease clean-up costs for property managers and landlords 

  • Reduce eyesores for tenants and community members, post-move-out 

  • Minimize safety and health hazards during move-out  

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