Move Out Drive 2023
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.
Non-profit partners in 2023 include the Father McKenna Center, Community Forklift, The Family Place, Bread for the City, Turning the Page, Central Union Mission, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Pathways to Housing, La Cocina, and Martha’s Table.
In 2022, the Move Out Drive diverted 67,560 pounds of materials valued at $247,000. 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 2023
Stop by The Office of Neighborhood Life (1300 36th Street NW) to pick up a Move Out Drive packet. 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 10, May 15, May 17, May 18, May 22, May 23, May 25, 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 furniture, clothing, kitchen supplies and appliances, TVs and new electronics, unopened non-perishable food, books, and unopened toiletries or menstrual products.
Bulk Trash will be picked up every day from May 1 – June 2. 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 and will not be collected.
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. Donations and bulk trash pickups have daily sign up limits, so please plan accordingly and be as accurate as possible about the items you will place outside.
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 1) sign up in advance, 2) mark your donations/bulk trash with Georgetown University Move-Out Drive tags and 3) Put your items out between 8 am and 9 am the day of your pickup, you are at risk of receiving a citation from DPW.