Move Out Program and Garage Sale Weekend: Diverting unwanted items from waterways and landfills – Earn a FREE large pizza from Woodstock’s

To: UC Santa Cruz Students

From: UCSC Government and Community Relations Team, UCSC Office of Sustainability and the City of Santa Cruz

As you know, it has been a tradition at UCSC to lower our impact on the environment. When you move out at the end of the quarter, it may seem generous to leave your items on the sidewalk with a “FREE” sign. Unfortunately this material ends up in our waterways, the bay or in landfills. To minimize our impact we ask that you do the following 2-3 weeks before you move:

  • Take it Home Early: If you’re going home for Memorial Day, start taking some of your items home with you.
  • Join the Citywide Garage Sale: Participate in the citywide garage sale weekend June 3-4. Register your garage sale at If you register your garage sale online, you will receive a free large pizza coupon for Woodstock’s pizza! While you’re hosting your garage sale our pizza coupon patrol will show up in person and hand you a pizza coupon. If our pizza patrol misses you, please take a photo of your garage sale and send it to and we will send you a coupon through the mail.
  • Swap or Sell Online: To offer your unwanted items for free or sale, list them on:
  • Freecycle at
  • Craig’s List at
  • Next Door Santa Cruz at
  • Donate your items to a local charity: Only do this if your items are in good condition. Many charities are unable to take items that are ripped, stained, broken, bent, frayed or worn looking. This is especially true for bulky items such as couches, mattresses, desks, dining room tables and other large items. For more information check Goodwill’s site at Hope Services at
  • As an absolute last resort, for bulky items that can no longer be reused, you will be able to schedule a pick-up with the city of Santa Cruz in the month of June. More information about signing up for bulky item pick-ups will be sent to you in a couple of weeks. These pick-ups are only for large bulky items that will be taken to the landfill. This includes mattresses, box springs, couches and living room chairs.

Thank you for your help and cooperation in keeping our environment and landfill free of items that can be reused.

If you have questions please contact the Good Neighbor Initiative at