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.
The West Campus move-out pilot culminated after an 8-month community planning process. The pilot, [Re]Move & [Re]Use, sought to help students [re]move gently-used items commonly thrown away during move out into the hands of local [re]use organizations. The 2018 program not only helped keep 62 tons of usable material (the volume equivalent of nearly 22.5 school buses) out of the landfill, but provided over $150,000 in economic benefit to Austin.
In 2019, the program was renamed to MoveOutATX.
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