Cornell's Dump & Run program collects items from students leaving campus in May, and resells them to students moving in each August. In addition to diverting tons of reusable items from the waste stream, the annual Dump & Run sale raises more than $60,000 a year for local charitable organizations.
Collection Dates: May 13 through June 1
Clothing & shoes
Furniture & organizational units
Working appliances & electronics
Household items (dishes, clothing hangers, cleaning products, etc.)
Decorations & toys
We cannot accept donations of mattresses, underwear, trash, anything broken, or opened food packaging.
On-campus collection box locations:
All undergraduate residential buildings
All graduate housing communities
Sororities & Fraternities
Robert Purcell Community Center
Anabel Taylor Hall
Willard Straight Hall
Humphrey's Service Building
Off-campus pick-ups:Live off campus? We can pick up donations beginning May 20. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with at least three days notice to set up an appointment.
This year's Dump & Run sale will take place during Orientation Weekend – Saturday, August 20 from 8:30am-6:00pm and Sunday, August 21 from 9:00am-2:00pm – in Helen Newman Gym on North Campus. The sale is free and open to the entire Cornell and Ithaca communities.
Volunteer positions are available! Please contact us at email@example.com and specify the day and time you'd like to volunteer and what position you'd like to take on.
Before the Sale (Tuesday 8/16/16 through Friday 8/19/16, 8:30am-5:00pm)
Unloaders: Unload sorted items onto trucks for delivery to Helen Newman Gym on the Cornell campus.
Sale Setup: Unload items from trucks and onto the tables. Set up and add tables at coordinators' request. Hang signs, set up recycling bins and garbage cans, set up pricing/cashier rooms etc.
Sale Days (Saturday 8/20/16 6:00am-6:00pm and Sunday 8/21/15 7:30am-2:00pm)
Greeter: Distribute price lists to people waiting in line and answer general questions.
Floor Patrol: Monitor floor with detailed price list to answer shoppers' questions; watch for shoplifters; tidy merchandise; alert re-stockers when merchandise should be replenished; help remove refuse and recycling to exterior facilities.
Re-stocker: Replenish merchandise that's running low by bringing out additional items and boxes from the back to put out on tables.
Specialty Table Volunteer: Monitor table of special high-priced items and collect money for any special purchases made. Mark special purchases.
Pricer: At checkout, identify shopper's items on the price list, then record and total prices on a written bill for shopper to present to cashier.
Post Sale (Sunday 8/21 2:00pm-6:00pm and beyond if necessary)
Site Clean-Up: Help bag up anything left from the sale; roll up tarps; help clean, sweep, mop the gymnasium.
Warehouse Clean-Up: Help straighten the warehouse facility; police the outside of the building; dispose of all refuse; organize final loads for delivery to area recycling facilities.