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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

April 9, 2014

University aims to reduce waste, benefit community during Big Green Move-Out

By Rachel Sielaff, media relations assistant

2014 Big Green Move-Out

Phase I, April 14-May 2: Clothing, shoes, coats, gloves, hats, jewelry, purses, wallets, fanny packs, bags, towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains, tablecloths, books, magazines, records, CDs, VHS tapes, DVDs, toys, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, crafts, candles, baskets, pictures, frames, ornaments, kitchen utensils, dishes, pots, pans, stereos, CD and DVD players, speakers, VCRs, lamps, humidifiers, exercise and sports equipment, and bicycles.

Phase II, April 28-May 2: Clean and functioning appliances; dressers; headboards; footboards; frames; desks; bookcases; entertainment centers; indoor and outdoor furniture; lawn tools and equipment; wood, metal or composite framed mirrors; shelving; sofas, couches, loveseats and recliners; and tables.

Phase III, through May 2: Nonperishable food items will be accepted at the Maryville Ministry Center, 971 S. Main St., or in collection boxes located in the residence halls and The Station.

These items will not be accepted: mattresses, box springs, computers, hazardous materials, flammable products, weapons, auto parts and TVs.

As the school year winds down and students begin to think about moving away from the campus for the summer, Northwest Missouri State University wants students to “think green” before tossing their belongings into a trash container.

The University kicks off its annual Big Green Move-Out program Monday, April 14, and is encouraging students living both on and off-campus to participate. The program will occur in three phases.

Clothing, media and household items will be accepted during the first phase, Monday, April 14, through Friday, May 2. Clothing items that will be accepted include shoes, coats, gloves, hats, jewelry, purses, wallets, fanny packs, bags, towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains and tablecloths. Acceptable media items include books, magazines, records, CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs. Household items that will be accepted include toys, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, crafts, candles, baskets, pictures, frames, ornaments, kitchen utensils, dishes, pots, pans, stereos, CD and DVD players, speakers, VCRs, lamps, humidifiers, exercise and sports equipment, and bicycles.

Bins will be stationed at every residence hall for students to leave clothes and other belongings they might otherwise throw away. Students also may place donations in blue bins, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County, in the University’s parking lot on Ninth Street, across from the TKE house. The blue collection bins will also be located at the north Dollar General, Walmart, Hy-Vee and Sutherlands.

Furniture will be accepted during the second phase between Monday, April 28, and Friday, May 2. Items that will be accepted include clean and functioning appliances; dressers; headboards; footboards; frames; desks; bookcases; entertainment centers; indoor and outdoor furniture; lawn tools and equipment; wood, metal or composite framed mirrors; shelving; sofas, couches, loveseats and recliners; and tables.

Individuals interested in donating these items should put them by the curb by noon each day to be picked up by the St. Joseph Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Items placed at the curb should have a Big Green Move Out flyer attached to them so local trash haulers do not pick up the items.

Food will be accepted during the final phase through Friday, May 2. Individuals interested in donating nonperishable food items may take them to Maryville’s Ministry Center, located at 971 S. Main St., or to collection boxes located in the residence halls and The Station.

Items that will not be accepted during the Big Green Move Out include mattresses, box springs, computers, hazardous materials, flammable products, weapons, auto parts and TVs.

During the Big Green Move Out’s first year in 2012 the University decreased its monthly landfill waste by 8.5 tons during the final month of the school year, Northwest’s Sustainability Coordinator John Viau said. The Big Green Move-Out aims to reduce the University’s waste while benefiting community members who are in need of items Northwest students no longer want. 

“While we have made great strides in reducing our landfill waste through recycling and composting, this program accomplishes the same results through reuse and local community support,” Viau said.

Waste reduction activities like the Big Green Move Out have helped reduce the total waste generated by the University by about 10 percent since 2009.

The program’s sponsors include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County, Northwest Facility Services, Maryville’s Ministry Center, St. Joseph’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Northwest’s Residence Hall Association, Students Taking Action at Northwest for Developing Sustainability and the city of Maryville.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468