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Four-pronged approach to U of G student exodus

The annual push known as Move-Out Madness is now on to help U of G students usefully dispose of their unwanted items as the university year ends and they move out.
Now in its eighth year, the event helps students redirect things into the community or into the city’s landfill, rather than leaving them at the curb.
Move-Out Madness consists of four main services, all of them free – a bulky item pickup, a “clear the shelves” service, a “stuff swap” and e-waste collection.
Students must fill out an online registration form for the pickup of bulky items, including bikes, which started Wednesday and goes to April 30, a news release said. Terms and regulations are available online.
Items are donated to the Habitat for Humanity Restore, given to students or sent for proper disposal at landfill. This service accepts non-perishable food items and clothing for redistribution to the community.
Students can also drop off these items at “stuff swap” in the University Centre courtyard, which runs through the exam period to April 21. Students can take or leave items at the drop-off stations in the courtyard.
In “clear the shelves,” which also runs to April 21, residence students can donate non-perishable food and clothing at drop-off locations in each residence hall.
Students can also dispose of e-waste, such as computers and cellphones, in an environmentally safe and reliable way through the program. The e-waste collection service will take loosely discarded, surplus, obsolete or broken electrical or electronic devices.
“We work in partnership with the City of Guelph, Habitat for Humanity Guelph Restore, Guelph Food Bank, Meal Exchange Guelph and several university groups,” said Gillian Maurice, who is managing Move-Out Madness for the university’s Off-Campus Living branch.
“We will also be continuing our annual partnership with the Guelph-Wellington Volunteer Centre and providing a day of service to the Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge. We still need volunteers for nearly every aspect of the program,” Maurice said in the release.
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