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Moving Out Sustainably

Good bye from UC San Diego! See you later Tritons!

Here are some suggestions to move out sustainability.

Sustainable Planning and Organization

  • Start planning early: Planning early can help you avoid the last-minute rush and reduce the stress of moving.
  • Determine and separate items you want to take with you from those you don’t need. This will help you organize your belongings and avoid unnecessary waste.
    • You can make a list beforehand if helpful before packing and disposal
  • Take items home before Move Out to streamline the process and reduce overall trash generation

Now that you know what you’re are keeping and discarding, follow the guidelines below for disposal, packing, cleaning, and transportation.

Sustainable Disposal

  • Dispose of items in this order to maximize reuse and minimize waste:
    • Donate
      • Clothes, furniture, electronics (including e-waste), household items and appliances can be dropped off in the DAV donation bins placed throughout each residential community.
      • Unopened, unexpired non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the yellow collection bins. All donations will go to the Triton Food Pantry (TFP).

Food donation bin locations: Roger’s, John’s, Sixth, Oceanview, Seventh, Earl’s, Great Hall, and Foodworx.

*Nonperishable food: dried, canned, jarred, bottled, packaged, and/or preserved food items.

  • Metal, clean paper, clean cardboard, unbroken glass, cartons, and rigid plastics #1-7 are all recyclable.


Disposal: General recyclables, excluding specialty items, can be disposed of in the large Move Out dumpsters, standard recycling dumpsters, or recycling bins placed throughout each residential community.


  • Specialty Recycling
    • Pens, markers, ink cartridges, and batteries are accepted at the UC San Diego Bookstore.
      • E-waste
        • Electronics and electrical devices-functional and non-functional-can be dropped off at the EH&S e-waste collection sites or at the UC San Diego Bookstore*.

*For large electronics, students must alert staff at the counter to collect and process donations.

    • Compost
      • Composting @ the Gardens
        • A majority of perishable foods and plants can be composted directly in select community gardens or through compost drop off products.
        • Compost Drop Off Sites: Seventh Market and Canyon Vista
        • Campus Gardens that accept compost: Ellie’s Garden, Warren Grow, Roger’s Community Garden, and Gard and Family Housing.
        • Accepted compostables: Fruits, Vegetables, Moldy food, Grains,  Eggshells, Nutshells, Coffee grounds, Tea, Paper products, Wood utensils, Plants, and Plant material.
        • Only accepted at Roger’s Garden: Meat, Fish, Bones, Dairy, and Eggs.


      • Composting @ the Compost Dumpsters and Bins
        • Place compostables un-bagged in a designated compost bin or dumpster
        • All bins and dumpsters are listed for reference on the campus map
        • Accepted compostables:
            • Food scraps: prepared foods, fruits, vegetables, bread, dairy, meat, bones, eggshells
            • Food Soiled Uncoated Paper*: plates, cups, bowls, napkins, paper towels, Paper tea bags

                                                         *Soiled = Dirty

                                                         *Uncoated = No plastic or wax coating

            • Natural Fibers*: Wooden utensils except bamboo, flowers, plants

                                                         *Natural fibers = not artificial or synthetic, untreated

            • Not Accepted: plastics, bioplastics/PLA, “compostable” plastic bags, coffee cups, recyclables, trash
    • Trash
      • All remaining items that cannot be donated, recycled, or composted are considered trash.

Disposal: Trash should be discarded in the large Move Out trash dumpsters, standard trash dumpsters, or trash bins placed throughout each residential community.

Sustainable Packing

  • Avoid single use packing materials-like garbage bags, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and styrofoam.
  • Use as few boxes as possible to store items.
  • Utilize as much alternative storage as possible in place of boxes, i.e. duffle bags, reusable shopping bags, gym bags, laundry hamper(s)/baskets, luggage, etc.
  • Reuse any boxes saved from the Move In process.
  • Take advantage of any free boxes and storage options.
    • Dining is offering 1-2 free boxes on a first come first serve basis to residents beginning on June 5th.
    • Boxes are available at the following locations: 7th Market, Roger’s Market, John’s Place and Market, Sixth College near the Anaerobic Digester, Ocean View Restaurant, Canyon Vista Amphitheater, and Foodworx.
  • Additional boxes and packing supplies are available at Sixth Market. It is more sustainable to purchase locally versus order for delivery.
  • When packing, wrap breakable items like dishes, lights, and electronics in your clothes, towels or even used paper. If you run out of alternatives, reuse old bubble wrap, boxes and packing material before buying it new.

Sustainable Cleaning

  • Lightly clean and return any Triton2Go containers, dishes, bowls, cups, and utensils in residence to a nearby HDH Dining restaurant as soon as possible.
  • Use eco-friendly and minimally packaged cleaning supplies that don’t contain harmful chemicals.
  • Use reusable/washable cloths if possible vs. single-use wipes when cleaning.
  • Ensure all remaining items have been properly categorized and separated between items to keep, donations, and waste.
  • Sort all waste and dispose of it in the proper bin/dumpster. Consult “Sustainable Disposal” guide above and available waste sorting signage for clarification.
  • Turn and shut off light and water fixtures to save energy and water.

Sustainable Transportation

  • Understand parking/loading instructions before moving out to avoid unnecessary driving/fuel use.
  • If possible, carpool when moving out.
  • If cost-effective, utilizing local storage of large items will reduce travel-related emissions.