For students living off campus there is barely enough time at the end of the academic year to let out a sigh of relief from finals before tackling your summer living situation. Many of us will be moving out of our current residence, and the less there is to pack-up and move, the better. So it seems like a win-win situation to lighten your load by discarding that old couch or creaky mattress on the curbside for someone else to deal with, right?
Besides the illegality of curbside dumping - for which tenants can be heavily fined by the city - the unfortunate reality is that many abandoned items end up in the surrounding forest and waterways, degrading the natural habitat of Santa Cruz. Fortunately, University Relations in partnership with the Sustainability Office is preventing forest litter by offering a stress-free summer move out services and FREE pizza!
The Move-Out program assists student households to collaborate with one another in holding multi-household garage sales over the weekend of May 30th-31st. This is in effort to divert usable household items from the landfill and surrounding natural habitat areas. Plus, each household to participate in the program will receive a coupon for a FREE large Woodstock’s pizza!
For furniture and other bulky household items that are at the end of their life cycle, and cannot otherwise be sold or donated for future use, the program will be offering a pickup day on June 27th in which items will be transferred for FREE to the city landfill, courtesy of Santa Cruz Resource Management services. Participants must register the items they would like to have picked up online at the city’s website. Examples of bulky items can include old mattresses, couches, desks, office chairs, coffee tables, all of which are at the end of their life cycle of use. Students participating in the bulky-item pick up day are also eligible for a Woodstock’s pizza coupon.
So let us assist you in your moving shenanigans while avoiding unwanted dumping fines, diverting waste from the landfill, and enjoying some FREE pizza! To participate in the multi-household garage sale visit the city website. Details on how to register for the bulky item pick-up can be found on the Move-Out Facebook page. If you have any further questions, you can contact Chris Kane, Sustainability Office Zero Waste Programs Manager, at chkane [at] ucsc [dot] edu or Christine West, University Relations Good Neighbor Intern, at cvwest [at] ucsc [dot] edu.
*Information and story contributed by Chris Kane, Sustainability Office's Zero Waste Team Coordinator