Be a good neighbor by properly donating, selling, recycling, disposing of or otherwise removing your unwanted furniture and other belongings when you move out. Items that are left outside, even with a “free” sign, are rarely picked up by someone who needs it. Instead these items become litter that is hazardous to pedestrians, traffic and wildlife. Protect our community and environment by utilizing the resources below when you move.
The Office of Sustainability at Western Washington University (WWU) has put together a Spring 2020 Move Out FAQ and Resources webpage with an extensive list of moving resources that are relevant for students and non-students. The Move Out Madness event that they typically host at the end of Spring Quarter has been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Many organizations are not currently accepting donations due to COVID-19. If you can, please hold on to your gently used items until donation drop-off locations safely reopen or consider donating them to the following organizations if your items match their donation guidelines:
- The RE Store accepts building materials, solid wood furniture, and some other items. They are currently offering donation by appointment as well as free curbside donation pickup from homes.
- Habitat for Humanity Whatcom County accepts a variety of items that can be used to build new homes or sold in their Habitat Store. They are currently offering free curbside donation pickups from homes.
Online marketplaces like craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are still operating at this time. If you choose to sell, trade, or donate items in person, please follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on protecting yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.
Recycling and Disposal Services
If you are unable to donate or sell your items, you can properly recycle or dispose of them using services provided by the following companies:
- Recycling & Disposal Services, Inc. (RDS) is open every day. They accept loads of recycling, garbage, yard waste, and more for a fee. They also accept some electronic items free of charge for the E-Cycle Washington program.
- Sanitary Service Company (SSC) provides residential and commercial curbside recycling and disposal service in Bellingham, under contract with the City. You can drop off loads of recycling at one of their recycling centers for a fee, although the Bellingham location is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
- Green Earth Technology composts food scraps, grass clippings, brush or other yard waste at their facility for a small fee.
Hazardous waste can be properly disposed of at the Disposal of Toxics Facility. Hazardous waste includes automotive products, fluorescent lights, lawn and garden chemicals, oil-based paint products, mercury thermometers and more.