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Move Out Donations

Summer is just around the corner and it’s move out time in Tennessee! If you have things in your residence hall or apartment that you just can’t seem to justify moving back from Rocky Top, UT Recycling has some options for you! So before you put anything in the trash, check out these donation options:

On-Campus Students

There are labeled bins in the lobbies of the residence halls on campus where you can donate the following:

  • Clean, unripped, unstained clothing
  • Clean bedding
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Unopened, unused cleaning and hygiene products
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Laundry detergent/laundry supplies (unopened AND open!)

For larger furniture/appliances, contact UT Recycling at 865.974.3480 or

You can also put rugs and cinder blocks on the designated pallets near dumpsters.

All of these donated items go to help partners in our community, including Goodwill, Smokey’s Pantry, and Laundry Love.

Off-Campus Students:

UT Recycling has several local partners that do great work in the Knoxville community to help reduce during move out. Take your unwanted bedding, clothing, and appliances directly to Goodwill! Goodwill trains individuals at 5 different employment training and rehabilitation centers, and they served ~3,000 individuals in 2017. Visit for more information.

Food and cleaning supplies can be donated to Smokey’s Pantry, Monday through Friday 11-3. Smokey’s Pantry is a collaboration between SGA, Tyson House, FISH Pantry, and other partners, and provides food and hygiene products to students and community members. The pantry is open to everyone and they don’t ask for IDs or any qualifying information.

Any unwanted laundry supplies can be dropped off at Bluewater Laundry (3721 N Broadway). Laundry Love tries to ease the burden of laundry care for struggling families. They provide free laundry the third Thursday of every month at Bluewater Laundry.


What UT Recycling and their partners can’t accept:

  • Things that are dirty, broken, ripped, or otherwise damaged
  • Mattress toppers and mattresses
  • Undergarments (underwear and bras)
  • Opened/half-eaten food
  • Perishable foods (must be taken straight to Smokey’s Pantry)
  • Opened and used cleaning supplies

These donation options will be available until May 14th, so be sure to check them out!