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Resource Central to Divert Students’ Supplies from Landfills

Conservation partnership champions the reuse of materials with home goods available to the community starting on May 18

Boulder, Colo. — Each spring, college students vacate their dormitories and leave materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. This process has now become more sustainable thanks to the partnership between Resource Central, an innovative nonprofit conservation organization, and the Environmental Center at CU Boulder. In its fifth year, this initiative collects unwanted dormitory items during move out to divert them from landfills, ultimately making the entire process more environmentally friendly.

Starting May 18, Resource Central will offer these reclaimed items to the public. Community members can find fans, heaters, small appliances, lamps, mirrors, organizing bins, decorations, tableware, and more at Resource Central’s Materials Reuse facility at 6400 Arapahoe Road in Boulder.

“By reusing these resources with our community, we can take a significant step towards a cleaner and greener future,” said Neal Lurie, President and CEO of Resource Central. “Current students can easily donate their dorm essentials, and community members can benefit from gently used home goods.”

Resource Central staff prepare for the Material Reuse CU Yard Sale in 2023.
Resource Central staff prepare for the Material Reuse CU Yard Sale in 2023.

Since 2019, nearly 65,000 lbs of usable materials have been diverted from landfills. This year, the range of accepted items has been broadened, which will likely result in an increase in the volume of items collected.

“Our continued relationship with Resource Central has been integral to the current success of our Give & Go Donation Program,” said Angie Gilbert, Zero Waste Program Manager at the CU Environmental Center. “We focus on sustainable solutions, social responsibility, and the promotion of a more circular economy, thus creating positive impact in the community during this major event.”

About Resource Central:

Founded in 1976, Resource Central is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to putting conservation into action. Its programs have helped more than 900,000 people save water, reduce waste, and conserve energy. Learn more at

Media Contact: Rachel Staats, Marketing Director, Resource Central, 303-999-3820 Ext. 108