Here’s what Stanford students donated this year to the Give & Go program

Give & Go
(Courtesy: R&DE)

At the end of spring quarter, as Stanford students moved out of their campus residences, they donated more than 64 tons of unwanted items to Goodwill.

Their generosity was facilitated by Residential & Dining Enterprises’ “Give & Go” program, which encourages students to give away their unwanted goods rather than send them to landfill. The program provides some 300 donation containers at campus residences.

In past years, donations typically added up to between 35 and 55 tons of materials, but this years’ haul represents a 64 percent increase from the previous year. With those donations, students occupied 33 percent less landfill space from the previous year.

According to KRISTIN PARINEH, sustainability and utilities manager in R&DE, undergraduates generally donate clothing, books, shoes, small kitchen items and lots of plastic. Graduate students and upperclass students living on the Row tend more toward chairs, lamps and tables.

Among the items collected this year were 210 mattresses to be recycled, a 30 percent increase over the year before, and 1,832 dishes collected by Stanford Dining and returned to the dining halls. The program also netted 170 refrigerators, including 100 stored for low-income frosh.

R&DE has sponsored the move-out program for over a decade in partnership with Sustainable Stanford and FLIP, the First-Generation Low-Income Partnership.

“Sustainability is a core value and a way of life for R&DE. Give & Go makes it easy for students to divert reusable items from landfills and makes an important contribution to the university’s goal of zero waste by 2030,” said Parineh. “We appreciate students’ continued strong support for this program and are grateful that the contributions to Goodwill support those in need in our community.” 

For more information or to learn how to donate items, visit the program’s web page.