Campus News

Housing residents donate more than 73,000 pounds of material to charities

On-campus UGA residents donated an estimated 73,660 pounds of material—a weight comparable to three UGA buses—to eight nonprofit organizations during residence hall move-out.

The Athens-Clarke County Recycling Center weighed trucks and trailers, including seven Goodwill of North Georgia tractor-trailer trucks full of donations, over the course of two weeks to reach the total estimated weight, a 28 percent increase from last year’s total.

The annual move-out event, known as Dawgs Ditch the Dumpster and Donate, is a partnership between University Housing, UGA Hillel and Goodwill of North Georgia. Staff members from each of the organizations collaborated to divert items such as futons, rugs, bedding, books and clothing from landfills to local charities including Goodwill of North Georgia, Project Safe, the Athens Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library, the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, St. Mary’s ­Auxiliary Thrift Store and Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful.