Move Out Drive 2021

May’s festivities are upon us and with that launches Georgetown University’s annual Move-Out Drive! The Move Out Drive is Georgetown’s end-of-the-school-year contribution to our community and the environment, inviting you to “re-purpose your packing” by donating gently used household items to local charities. The Office of Neighborhood Life and GU Planning and Facilities Management will work to collect your donations and give them to those living in poverty in the DC region.

This year, the Move Out Drive will also be supporting the Hoya Hub and SAFE. The Hoya Hub food pantry is a resource for any member of the Georgetown University community experiencing food insecurity. It is a pantry stocked with food items available to anyone who requires food on an immediate, emergency basis. Hoya Hub also stocks cleaning supplies and hygiene products for community members struggling to afford groceries.

SAFE aims to ensure that all Georgetown students have access to healthy, affordable, and culturally significant foods. We use our Instagram @georgetownSAFE to promote healthy home-cooking for students and share information on food insecurity in our community and beyond. We also regularly stock the Hoya Hub with food rescued from local restaurants or campus events.

In the 2019 Move Out Drive, Georgetown students and the community donated more than $186,000 of in-kind goods, diverted 56,000 pounds of waste. With the University’s students, faculty, staff, and community support of this initiative, we hope to give back even more this year while doing our best to keep our neighborhoods clean. 

How to Participate in Move Out Drive 2021

The Office of Neighborhood Life will drop off packets containing tags to your property. The packets will consist  of pink donation tags and blue bulk trash tags that are essential to participate in the drive.


Donations will only be picked up on the following days: May 13, May 18, May 19, May 26, May 27, and June 2. Donations should be in new or excellent condition; nothing stained or in need of repair. Please give families in need what you yourself would be happy to receive. Donation examples include clothing, kitchen supplies and appliances, TVs and new electronics, unopened non-perishable food, books, and unopened toiletries or menstrual products. Please note that ONL will not be able to pick up any furniture donations this year.

Bulk Trash

Bulk Trash will be picked up every day from May 10 – June 5. Bulk trash includes items like stained or ripped couches, broken furniture, torn or old mattresses. Bulk trash does not include loose bags of household trash- please plan ahead and use your normal trash collection service to dispose of bags of trash. Contractor and/or construction waste does not qualify as bulk trash.

Placing Items Out for Collection

Place donations and bulk trash items in separate piles in front of (curbside) or behind (alley) your property between 8AM and 9AM on the day you signed up for collection. Tape pink donation tags and blue bulk trash tags on various items to differentiate the piles. If you are having both bulk trash and donations collected on the same day, please make it clear which items are trash and which are donations.

We encourage you to go through your property to discard and donate items earlier in May rather than later. You are not limited to one donation or bulk trash collection day, so please start getting rid of unused items early.

IMPORTANT: Each morning, ONL will send a list of properties scheduled for pick up to the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) to ensure properties signed up and displaying Georgetown University Move-Out Drive pink/blue tags on their piles of donations and bulk trash do not get cited by the city. If you do not both 1) sign up in advance and 2) mark your donations/bulk trash with Georgetown University Move-Out Drive tags, you are at risk of receiving a citation from DPW.

Sign up for a donation and/or bulk trash pick-up at