City of Austin collaborates with reuse organizations to help reduce waste and support the local economy during annual move-out season
AUSTIN, TX – Austin Resource Recovery, a department of the City of Austin, Austin Code, the University of Texas (UT) Office of Sustainability, and the UT New Student Services Off-Campus Initiative will host MoveOutATX, an annual donation event in West Campus. Students can drop off gently used furniture, household items, small appliances, clothing, cleaning supplies, unopened food and more at eight donation stations throughout North and West Campus, July 28-31, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. The program offers a convenient way to provide local reuse organizations with unwanted items in good condition. These items will only be accepted during operating hours.
Additionally, the Free Furniture Market returns for its second year. Participating reuse organizations will transfer donated furniture pieces to the market at UT Austin Wright-Whitaker Sports Complex. Items will be made available to Austinites on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on supply, there may be a two-item per person limit. Participants must be able to load and transport items themselves and will be required to sign a liability waiver. The market will be open July 28-31, 6:30-8:15 p.m. If items remain, the market will open on August 1, 10-11 a.m. Updates will be available at MoveOutATX.org.
Community volunteers are needed to staff the Free Furniture Market to give donated furniture back to the community. Volunteers are provided cold water, electrolyte drinks, snacks, cool-it towels and discounts to local businesses. Volunteers can sign-up for 2.5 hour shifts at MoveOutATX.org.
"MoveOutATX provides a convenient way for the Austin community to donate and keep reusable items in circulation, rather than sending them to the landfill,” said Austin Resource Recovery Interim Director Richard McHale. “The program also addresses problems caused by stacking furniture in public spaces, which can create safety barriers and block emergency vehicle access.”
Unwanted materials left outside during move out can get wet, attract insects, generate mold and quickly become landfill trash. MoveOutATX focuses on providing conveniently located donation stations, which can help reduce clutter and sanitation concerns.
“Last year was the most successful year of MoveOutATX and, thanks to our partners, we kept over 30 tons of material out of dumpsters and off the streets,” said Circular Economy Program Manager Madelyn Morgan. “We are excited to build on last year’s Free Furniture Market, which rehomed over 500 pieces of furniture.”
The 2022 MoveOutATX program was awarded first place in the Grass Roots Marketing Campaign category for the National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards. It also received a GOLD award from Hermes Creative Awards and Excellence in Corporate Responsibility with Communitas Awards.
2023 dates, times and locations
MoveOutATX donation station operational times are daily Friday, July 28 to Monday, July 31, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. locations:
- Pearl Street Co-op,2000 Pearl St. (near 21st St. and Pearl St.)
- Campus Crossing Apartments, 300 E. 30th St. (corner of E 30th St. and Speedway)
- Hive Red River, 3401 Red River St. (corner of Red River St. and Luther Ln.)
- Escala Condos, 1000 W. 26th St. (near 26th and San Gabriel St.)
- Croix Condos, 706 W 25th St. (across from The Block on 25th)
- Lenox Condos, 915 W. 23rd St. (near 23rd and San Gabriel St.)
- Texas Tri Delta, 503 W 27th St. (parking lot on Nueces St.)
- UT Austin Wright-Whitaker Sports Complex, 287 W 51st St. (parking lot on 51st St.)
Free Furniture Market will be open daily July 28-31, 6:30-8:15 p.m. at UT-Austin Wright-Whitaker Sports Complex, 287 W 51st St., Austin, TX 78751 (Parking lot off 51st St. near tennis courts). If items remain, the market will open on August 1, 10-11 a.m. Updates will be available at MoveOutATX.org.
This year's participating reuse organizations include Austin Area Urban League, Austin Creative Reuse, Austin Mutual Aid, Goodwill Central Texas, Salvation Army Family Stores, UT Outpost, Arms of Hope and JOSCO Products. Learn more at MoveOutATX.org.
About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) is a department of the City of Austin. We provide essential services that protect people and our planet. We collect recycling, composting, trash, large brush, bulk items and dead animals. We also sweep the streets, recycle and safely dispose of household hazardous waste, and provide community outreach and education. ARR is driving the global transformation of traditional waste management to sustainable resource recovery. Learn more at austinrecycles.com
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