Clean + Go Green: July 11-13

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 the Manhattanville campus for the first time – 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."  

This year at the Reuse/Donation tent, we will accept donations for programs that are helping house and care for infants and children affected by recent border actions. See below for a full list of accepted items.


July 02, 2018
Students, faculty and staff participate in Clean + Go Green 2017


  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 to Friday, July 13, 2018—Rain or Shine!
  • Drop-off hours at all locations are between 8:00 a.m. and 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
  • Manhattanville – Small Square in front of the Lenfest Center for the Arts

Paper Shredding Locations:

  • College Walk near Kent Hall (shredding truck)
  • The Small Square in Manhattanville (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

Donations for Children Affected by Recent Border Actions, for both girls and boys (though mostly boys) between 11 months and 17 years old (Low Plaza only): 

All items must be new and/or in original packaging.

  • Toys
  • Stuffed animals
  • Other items of comfort
  • Sneakers (always a need for sneakers!)
  • Soccer balls
  • Toiletry kits
  • School kits (backpacks and school supplies)

These items will be donated to programs including Catholic Charities Community Services Immigration and Refugee Department, Catholic Guardian Services, and Lincoln Hall.

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 212-854-2222 by end of business on Monday, July 9 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.

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 212-854-2222. 

We look forward to seeing you at Clean + Go Green!