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A move-out collection, move-in sale at RIT.

Every year, RIT students throw out hundreds of tons of goods during move-out week. A large percentage of these goods are perfectly usable — furniture, appliances, school supplies, clothing, and many more items that students are unable to store for the summer or transport back home. The following fall, incoming students go out and purchase these exact same items. This pattern repeats itself year after year, with the amount sent to the landfill constantly increasing.

We set out to change this cycle and reduce waste.

Goodbye, Goodbuy! took its lead from the Post Landfill Action Network, a group of environmentally-conscious students who aim to eliminate waste on college campuses. We worked with PLAN to develop GG in an effort to divert usable items from the landfill.

During spring move-out week, Goodbye, Goodbuy! provided collection locations for students to donate their unwanted items. This provided a previously non-existent alternative to the landfill.

Throughout the week, a group of volunteers collected over 35 tons of usable goods from the collection points. These were all items that would have otherwise been landfilled.

All collected toiletries and nonperishable food items were donated to local non-profit organizations. The rest of the move-out haul was cleaned, sorted, inventoried, and priced over the summer.

Goodbye, Goodbuy! provides both new and returning students the opportunity to furnish their dorm or apartment at thrift store prices, without ever having to leave campus.

Last year, our move-in sale collected $25,000, all of which was put back into the program by paying student workers and preparing for this year's sale.

When spring move-out rolls around again, GG will be there, ready to keep the next round of usable goods out of the landfill and redistribute them!

collection and sale information

Collection: May 15 - May 21
10am - 5pm
Sol Heumann Hall Activity Room

Presale: To Be Announced

Sale: To Be Announced

available items


books


novels
study guides
nonfiction


dishware

cups
bowls
silverware
tupperware
plates
mugs


furniture

couches
side tables
bed frames
coffee tables
armchairs
dressers



clothing

shirts
pants
accessories
jackets
coats


electronics

fans
desk lamps
cell phone accessories
mini-fridges
floor lamps
DVDs



storage items

trash cans
shower caddies
storage containers
clothes hangers


decorations


mirrors
dry erase boards
wall art


school supplies

binders
loose leaf
printer paper
art supplies
notebooks

want to help?

Goodbye, Goodbuy! is looking for volunteers to help with the move-in sale this August. Sign up here or contact us for more details.

Collection Volunteers receive an exclusive invitation to the Presale for early access to the best parts of our inventory! Volunteers during the sale are awarded a $5 discount voucher to use at the Goodbye, Goodbuy! sale after the completion of their shift.

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