Sustainability at USM

Residence Hall Move-Out

Welcome to Mindful Move-out, a new initiative at USM to reduce material and labor waste associated with students moving out of the residence halls in Gorham each spring.

What is Mindful Move-Out? 

This year we are working to make residence hall move-out more sustainable and easier for students, staff, and parents. The new system also saves the University money. We are hoping to reduce waste generated and reduce the amount of labor spent on clean up by the custodial staff. Building on the success of FreeCycle in the past, we have created a plan that allows everyone to work together for a better outcome. Move-out mindfully!

How does it work?

  • Mindful Move-Out at USMFreeCycle areas will be clearly demarcated on the first floors of all Residence Halls. Any unwanted household items, clothing, appliances, electronics, non-perishable food, and furniture should be left in these areas when a student moves out. Students are welcome to claim anything they find in the FreeCycle area and the spaces will be cleared each day by noon, ready to be filled up again.
  • Recycle whenever possible! Please evaluate your items to be sure that anyting you are putting in the trash is not recyclable or reusable. Utilize single stream recycling bins in the res halls for any recyclable materials.
  • Students will be charged for any items left in rooms and any damage found in rooms. Please move-out your items early to the appropriate location so you don't have to leave anything behind. Mindful Move-Out at USM
  • Residents are responsible for moving all materials out of their rooms and to the appropriate locations. Members of the University staff will pick up anything in the FreeCycle area each day by noon and move it to the correct disposal location on campus. 
    • Electronics and Universal waste are going to North Coast to be recycled
    • Reusable housewares, clothing, etc will be donated to Goodwill Industries and Salvation Army
    • Non-Perishable Food will be donated to Preble Street Resource Center
    • Dishes from the dining hall will be collected and returned to USM Dining
    • Single Stream Recycling goes to EcoMaine where it is sorted, baled, and sold as commodoties
    • Trash goes to EcoMaine where it is burned in an incinerator to generate electricity