University of Minnesota
Facilities Management

Facilities Management home page.

FM - Image -  Reuse - Pack and Give Back -Front
Pack and Give Back

 Just because you're finished doesn't mean your stuff is finished.

Trash zone pick-up for your old stuff


Free store (at ReUse Warehouse) 


Move-out season in student housing neighborhoods is an exciting time. The next big moving adventure, whether it’s across the street, across the neighborhood, or back home for the summer, is on everyone’s mind.  It’s the time when students with a car find out how many friends they have, others find out how much a rental truck costs, and everyone realizes how many stairs are in their new house. It’s the time of year when we realize what we don’t really need, and these items end up on the curb. Most of these cast-offs are picked up on trash routes and end up in the dumpster.  We can do better than that!
The University of Minnesota ReUse Program started “Pack & Give Back” in May of 2013, an initiative aimed at reducing waste generated by students moving at the beginning and end of each semester. A partnership with Bridging will help facilitate on- and off-campus pick-up routes for reusable items that might otherwise end up in landfills. This event targets students, but is open to all residents in the Marcy-Holmes, Southeast Como, Prospect Park, and Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods*.

The ReUse Program Warehouse is open for donation drop-offs from June 1st to August 24th, 9-3 Monday-Friday.  Items collected on campus by the ReUse Program, or brought to the ReUse warehouse by students and neighborhood residents, will be part of the program's "Free Store". Based out of the ReUse warehouse (883 29th Avenue SE), all items in the Free Store will be offered free of charge to students from August 25th to September 6th. Residents of neighborhoods Marcy-Holmes, Southeast Como, Cedar-Riverside, and Prospect Park may also shop the Free Store during the last week of the sale if they have made a donation. 

In May of 2013, ReUse collected nearly 50,000 pounds of household goods for the free store.

Since the University of Iowa began their "Rummage through the Ramp" program in 2007, more than 130 tons of reusable material have been diverted from landfills


Tables/chairs (wood, plastic, other) bookshelves, end tables, desks, computer desks/stands & office chairs, cabinets, bed frames/ headboards. Storage shelves, containers, dressers, lamps and lighted signs (in working condition). Barstools, desk chairs, futon frames (usable). Bicycles & usable bicycle parts/tools. Shovels, yard/garden tools, tools in general and other small household items. Paintings, mirrors, & knick-knacks, candles, dishes, plates, & silverware (garage sale items). Books and other media (CDs, DVDs approved by staff). Small electronic appliances in working condition (e.g. microwaves, can openers, toaster ovens, etc...) & small (dorm style) fridges in working condition. Electronics in working condition and all cellphones regardless of condition. Clothing and canned food along with other reusable items/materials approved by Pack & Give Back staff.


No items over 200 lbs; no couches, upholstered chairs, pillows, mattresses, boxsprings, bedding, child seats, cribs, etc... no garbage, household hazardous waste (tires, paint, batteries, chemicals, fertilizer, etc…). No broken appliances, large appliances (washer/dryers/full size refrigerators). No broken lights/lightbulbs/ CFL's. No rusted, unusable, or destroyed bicycle parts, frames, tools or household items. No non-working televisions, stereos, monitors, iPods, laptops, cd players, DVD/VHS players, etc... NO broken mirrors, glass, or rotten/other foul-smelling items.




 Free Store for Students:
August 25th- 27th, 8a to 3p.
August 28th, 8a to 8p.
August 29th - Sept 1st CLOSED.
Sept 2nd - 6th 8a to 3p.
Free Store for all Residents*:
Sept 2nd - Sept 6th 8a to 3p.
University students and residents of Marcy-Holmes, Southeast Como, Prospect Park, and Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods
The free store will be located at the UMN ReUse Program warehouse:
883 29th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
To prevent reusable items from entering the landfill.


*For residents of the four neighborhoods to shop at the free store, a donation must be made during the drop-off period (June 1–August 24).

For questions, call (612) 626-9152

News Stories

KSTP TV-5 news story about Pack & Give Back.

Star Tribune news article about Pack & Give Back.