Clutter for a Cause

Donate gently used & unwanted items to Clutter for a Cause during move out, April 27 – 30!

Since 2016, the University of Pittsburgh has encouraged a greener student move-in and move-out process with Clutter for a Cause.

2022 on-campus collections will be April 27 – 30!  Learn more. 

Accepted items must be clean and dry:

* Textiles: Clothing, Accessories, Shoes, Towels, Duvet Covers, Blankets, Curtains, Bedding
* Kitchen Items: Mini-Fridges (Dry & Free of Food), Microwaves, Rice Cookers, Coffee Pots or Keurigs, Small Kitchenware Items (Plates, Cups, Utensils, etc.)
* Non-Perishable Food & Hygiene Items: In partnership with the Pitt Police’s Most Wanted Food Drive, we accept all items that are not and expired and that have not yet been opened.
* Books & Textbooks
* Dorm & Apartment Essentials: Mirrors, Lamps, Organizational Items (Dry Erase Boards, Plastic Bins, Clothing Organizers, and Laundry Baskets)
* Electronics: TVs, Computers, Computer Monitors, Printers, Keyboards, Mice, Cables, Phones, and Cameras

Due to health and safety concerns, we are unable to accept the following items: Foam Mattress Toppers, Mattresses, Pillows, Upholstered Furniture (Futons/Couches), Rugs.


Donation Locations and Times 

Donations are accepted at any time at unstaffed locations in residence halls, and during open hours at the following staffed locations: 

  • Schenley Quad (between Amos Hall and McCormick Hall) 
  • Litchfield Towers Lobby (across from Panther Central) 
  • Sutherland Hall parking lot (next to the rear entrance to Sutherland Hall) 
  • Bouquet Gardens – ONLY Friday, April 29th from 10:00am – 3:00pm in the Sennot Square parking lot at Oakland Ave and Sennot St. 


Staffed station open hours: 

  • Wednesday, April 27 – 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm 
  • Thursday, April 28 – 10:00 am until 6:00 pm 
  • Friday, April 29 – 10:00 am until 6:00 pm 
  • Saturday, April 30 – 10:00 am until 6:00 pm 


Donate accepted items at any time Wednesday, April 27th until Saturday, April 30th  at unstaffed locations available to residents of these residence halls only: 

  • Forbes Hall 
  • Irvis Hall – lobby 
  • Lothrop Hall – ground floor lobby 
  • Nordenberg Hall – lobby 
  • Panther Hall – lobby 
  • Ruskin Hall – ground floor lounge 

All items collected are either resold at the University of Thriftsburgh (on-campus thrift store) or donated to local thrift stores.thriftsburgh logo

In Spring 2022, Pitt diverted over 10 tons of materials from the landfill (21,689 pounds!), including:

  • 1,516 pounds – Textiles donated to University of Thriftsburgh thrift store for resale
  • 1,974 pounds – Mini-fridges
  • 2,825 pounds – Nonperishable food & hygiene donated to Pitt Pantry & Community Human Services
  • 7,150 pounds – Dorm essentials (mirrors, lamps, kitchen items, coffee pots, microwaves, etc.)
  • 8,224 pounds – Textile recycling

In April 2019,  Pitt’s on-campus Clutter for a Cause collection gathered 1,200 pounds of household goods and 800 pounds of clothing to be resold at Thriftsburgh AND donated 8,000 pounds of goods to St. Vincent de Paul Society, Goodwill, and the Free Stores in Wilkinsburg and Braddock.