Clean and Go Green - December 6 to 7, 2018

November 21, 2018

There’s no better time than the present to...clean! Cleaning your office or living space creates more space and can also help the environment. Columbia University Facilities and Operations and our partners across campus want to help. As part of our award-winning "Clean + Go Green" program, we will make large bins available across campus – including at the Manhattanville campus – at no cost to you for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large, unwanted items. Best of all, Facilities and Operations will separate and recycle your items. That way, when you clean, you "go green."  


* Thursday, December 6, 2018 and Friday, December 7, 2018, Rain or Shine!

* Drop-off hours at all locations are between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only.  During this time, Facilities and Operations staff will be on hand to help with unloading and recycling.


*Reuse/Donation Drop-off Location: White tent on Low Plaza

*Recycling Drop-off Locations:

  • Fairchild Courtyard
  • Walkway between Lerner Hall and Butler Library
  • The Grove at 119th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
  • ManhattanvilleThe Small Square in front of the Lenfest Center for the Arts

*Paper Shredding Locations:

  • College Walk near Kent Hall (shredding truck)
  • Manhattanville – The Small Square (secure shredding bins)

Items you can bring to a Clean + Go Green drop-off location include:

Reuse/Donation (Low Plaza only):

  • Clothing
  • Textiles and Linens
  • Non-perishable Food
  • Books/Used Books
  • Coats
  • Shoes
  • Small Household Items

Second-hand clothing, textiles, linens, non-perishable food, coats and shoes will go to Columbia Community Service organizations that provide emergency services.


  • Furniture (not available at Manhattanville/Small Square location)
  • Computer Monitors, Keyboards and CPUs (please clean your hard drive)
  • Paper/Cardboard
  • Batteries
  • Electronic Equipment
  • Bulbs, including compact fluorescents
  • Toner Cartridges
  • Paint Cans

Items you CANNOT bring to a Clean + Go Green drop-off location:

  • Chemicals
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Laboratory refrigerators
  • Laboratory furniture that has potentially come into contact with chemical, biological or radioactive material
  • Metal bricks or any material previously used as shielding
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Used oil
  • Mercury containing devices (e.g. thermometers, switches, thermostats)
  • Smoke detectors

Contact Environmental Health and Safety for removal or clearance to remove items on this list.


Bring items to be shredded to the Paper Shredding Locations on College Walk near Kent Hall and the Small Square in Manhattanville every day of the event from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  As a reminder, before disposing of administrative records, please refer to the Records Retention and Disposal policies.


For a fee, movers will come directly to your office to collect and recycle your unwanted items (available for offices at the Morningside campus only).  Contact the Columbia University Facilities Services Center at x4-2222 by end of business on Monday, December 3 and mention "Clean + Go Green" to request service.


Don't throw your used books away—donate them instead!  Bring your used books to the tent at Low Plaza and we will find them a new, happy home.


Help preserve the institutional memory of the University.  Contact Columbia University Archives at x4-3786 before disposing of any historical information relevant to the history of the University.


Join us on Low Plaza and volunteer an hour of your time accepting donations. Contact Janice Erskine of Environmental Stewardship at [email protected] to sign up for a time slot. T-shirts and hot coffee will be provided.

You can help ensure that this year's "Clean + Go Green" program is a success—please spread the word!  Should you have any questions about this event or need other facilities-related information, please contact the Facilities Services Center at x4-2222.  We look forward to seeing you at Clean + Go Green!