Spring Salvage

What is Spring Salvage?

Spring Salvage is an annual resource recovery/ waste diversion program held during undergraduate student move-out. The goal is to divert from the waste stream reusable materials during Yale student move out.  Students place reusable items such as books, lamps, beds, electronics, clothing and furniture in donation collection sites around Yale’s campus. Managed by Yale Recycling with support from the Office of Sustainability, the program has evolved since its inception in 2005. Since 2012, Yale has partnered with Easter Seals Goodwill Industries in Hamden, CT with direct donations for all materials.


In 2014, Yale held its tenth annual Spring Salvage over four weeks from April 28 through May 22, in the days leading up to and immediately following underclassmen move-out day (May 7) and senior class move-out day (May 20).

Spring Salvage Materials

The following materials can be donated through Spring Salvage to Easter Seals Goodwill Industries:

  • Soft Stuff: clothes, shoes, towels and bedding
  • Hard Stuff: books, electronics (broken or working), sporting equipment, housewares
  • Items to be placed near bins: chairs, bookshelves, beds, futon frames, other large items
  • Please NO: wet/soiled/mildewed fabrics, egg-crate foam, mattresses, undergarments, broken glass, broken furniture, trash