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April 16, 2021

Students encouraged to reduce waste, help community during annual Big Green Move Out


As the academic year comes to an end and students are moving away for the summer, Northwest Missouri State University and the Maryville community are partnering to encourage students to “think green” during the annual Big Green Move Out before trashing belongings.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Nodaway County annually sponsors the initiative, in collaboration with Northwest and Bearcats Go Green, a student organization for students interested in recycling and sustainability initiatives.

The Big Green Move Out invites students to donate clothing, media and household items. Dropoff bins are located in residence halls and in Parking Lot 20 behind Valk Center as well as at Maryville locations, including Dollar General, Sutherlands, Hy-Vee, Walmart and the BBBS office at 2112 S. Main St.

Acceptable items include clothes, shoes, clothing accessories, bedding, books, purses, wallets, games, movies, CDs and household items such as lamps, decorations, dishes, mini-fridges, microwaves and utensils. A complete list of acceptable items is provided below.

Cardboard, paper, plastic and glass materials may be discarded in recycling bins at Northwest’s Recycling Center, located west of the Northwest campus on North Country Club Road. 

Non-perishable food donations may be delivered to local food banks, including the Bearcat Food Pantry or the Ministry Center at 971 S. Main St. in Maryville. 

Acceptable clothing, media and household items

  • Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing
  • Shoes, coats, hats, gloves
  • Jewelry, purses, wallets, fanny packs, bags
  • Bath towels, sheets, blankets, pillows
  • Curtains
  • Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, records
  • Stereos, CD/DVD players, speakers
  • Toys, games, puzzles, stuffed animals
  • Crafts, candles, baskets, pictures, frames, ornaments
  • Pots, pans, kitchen utensils, dishes
  • Lamps
  • Humidifiers
  • Sports and exercise equipment, bicycles
  • Mini-fridges and microwaves

Media contact:

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