ISU Move-Out Donations Initiative

Don’t send your stuff to the Landfill!  Clothing, furniture, electronics, and more are being collected for reuse and recycling by ISU, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and the Town of Normal. We know you can’t take it all home with you, but the landfill isn’t the best answer!

Off-Campus Residents may take these items to University Residence Halls for Drop Off:
• Furniture
• Clothing and other textiles
• Electronics and batteries
• Non-perishable food items
• Single-stream recycling – paper, cardboard, metal/glass/plastic containers

Residence Hall Drop-Off is available until 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 9.  After that time, please use resources listed below.

Large Furniture Items:

Bed frames, couches, dressers, tables, etc. can be donated to Habitat For Humanity ReStore, and they might even be able to come pick up your items! Please call (309) 454-6047 to arrange a pick up. (No mattresses or box springs.)

HSHrenewDrop-off Bins

For donations of clothing, textiles and shoes in (any condition) please utilize the HSHRenew clothing drop-off at First United Methodist Church, 211 N. School Street.


In addition to donating items to non-profits, students should also remember regular recycling during move out time. Recycling receptacles for paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastic are abundant on the ISU campus. Town of Normal roll-off bins for these materials are located near the ISU campus at the following locations:

  • Chiddix Junior High, near Anderson Pool
  • ISU parking lot at 100 N University
  • Normal Tax Assessor’s Office, 304 E Mulberry
  • University Center, 1101 N Main


In addition to just being the right thing to do, keeping materials out of the landfill is also the law in some cases. As of January 1, 2012, it became illegal to dispose of most consumer electronic devices in an Illinois landfill. Electronic devices, including cell phones, computers, televisions, game systems and ALL the peripheral equipment and accessories must be recycled through a licensed company.  Students may take electronics to designated bins in residence halls, or to the following locations:

  • Best Buy (limit of 3 items per day; no tube style TVs or monitors bigger than 32”);
  • Town of Normal Public Works Facility, 1301 Warriner Street, Normal (open M-F 7-1:30);
  • Home Sweet Home Ministries, 1700 W. Washington, Bloomington (no tube style TVs or monitors);
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore (1402 W Washington, Bloomington (no tube style TVs or monitors).

For more information about disposal of any materials, contact the Ecology Action Center.  Thanks for doing your part to save space in the McLean County Landfill!


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