Eco-Smart Move Out

Have a ton of stuff and not sure what to do with all of it? Have a Hopkins Eco-Smart Move Out, thanks to "Spring Cleaning with a Meaning," a program hosted by Community Living with support from the Office of Sustainability and Homewood Recycling. See below for an outline and summary chart of what, where, and when you can donate.


What is Spring Cleaning with a Meaning?

A collection program aimed at keeping your unwanted items away from the incinerator, and putting them back into the community. The program makes moving out easier on you and custodial staff, repurposes your items throughout Baltimore, and encourages a culture of conservation and responsibility. The program, founded in 2013, occurs during May move-out at the Homewood Campus. Donations of food and toiletries benefit Project PLASE, and other items go to Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake.

What can you donate or divert?
  • Housewares (dishes, utensils, glasses, storage/food containers, blankets, towels, ironing boards, etc.) All items should be clean!
  • Small working appliances (lamps, microwaves, toasters, etc.)
  • Clothing, shoes and accessories
  • Books and media items
  • Toiletries or other supplies, new or opened
  • Unopened, non-perishable food 
  • Items not accepted: Televisions, upholstered furniture, or broken or worn items.

Cardboard boxes can also be recycled at designated spots in each building. Please break these down, and do not leave in your room or hallways.

How can you donate?

Bins for toiletries and non-perishable items will be available in the lobbies of Wolman, McCoy, Charles Commons (Charles St. entrance and behind the Security Desk), and AMR I and II beginning May 10 through May 19. Trucks – one located between the AMRs and one between Wolman and McCoy – will accept donations of all other items beginning May 10 through May 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, with the exception of a lunch break typically falling between 12-12:30 p.m. Donations are not accepted during the lunch break. Please return with your items when the attendant returns.

Details for Homewood and Bradford coming soon!

Don’t live in a residence hall at Homewood?

Students living off-campus can still bring their items to the Goodwill trucks. Program planners are working with additional campus partners to expand options for 2018.

For more information, email


When are you moving out?
What can you donate?
Where do you donate it?
Where will it go?

May 10-20

Apparel and accessories

Small appliances and housewares (no TVs, no upholstered furniture)


Goodwill truck parked on 34th between Wolman and McCoy

Goodwill truck parked between AMRs

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake Region

May 10-20

Toiletries (new or opened, but sealed well)

Non-perishable, unopened food

Bins in lobbies of Wolman, McCoy, AMR I, AMR II, and Charles Commons (Charles Street lobby and behind security desk)

Project Plase, which provides housing and support services for homeless adults in Baltimore City

Ideas in Action

Think before you print.

Office paper is highly recyclable, but a lot gets wasted. Waste reduction is more cost-effective than recycling because it reduces the amount of material that needs to be collected, transported and processed.