AUSTIN, Texas -- The City of Austin is lending an extra hand to students who are moving out this summer. Aside from easing the load for moving trucks, it could also help ease the load for the environment. Austin Resource Recovery says the program helped keep 62 tons of material out of the landfill last year--that's almost 23 school buses. It also helped people and businesses save $150,000.

The Move Out ATX connects students with local, reuse organizations like Austin Creative Reuse, Goodwill Central Texas and Central Texas Food Bank. The program set up ten locations on West Campus, they are:

  • Spider House (2908 Fruth St.)
  • Casa de Salado (across from 2615 Salado St.)
  • Escala Condos (near the intersection of Poplar St and San Gabriel St.)
  • 26 West (across from GrandMarc, on Nueces St.)
  • Texan Tower (2505 San Gabriel St.)
  • Croix Condos (Across from The Block on 25th, 706 W 25th St.)
  • Cain & Abel’s (Near alley, 2313 Rio Grande)
  • Lenox Condos (Across from 2216 San Gabriel St.)
  • Pearl St. Co-Op (Courtyard at 2102 Pearl St.)
  • Former University Co-Op East Parking Lot (2902 Medical Arts St.)

These drop-off stations start collecting Friday, July 26 and through the weekend starting at 11 a.m. They will also accept donations at these locations on Wednesday, July 31.

Here are some of the things you can donate:

  • Gently-used furniture
  • Household items
  • Cleaning supplies--even if they've been opened
  • Clothing and bedding--even if they're torn or stained
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Toiletries.
  • Art, office supplies and even books.

Volunteers are also needed. If interested, click here.