Sustainable Living

Residence Hall Reuse

Why pay for a mini fridge when you can rent one for free?

Reuse is important in reducing waste while also saving money and fostering community. The Residence Hall Reuse Program (RHRP) allows on-campus residents to rent approved appliances, Twin XL bedding, storage solutions and more. By keeping items in use longer, living on-campus is more accessible, affordable and sustainable.


Donating to RHRP ensures a higher likelihood of your items finding good homes.

Our rental system runs on the generosity of students, who donate or return clean items in working condition they purchased and return any goods rented at the end of the quarter. Donated items are collected and stored for students moving into the Residence Halls. 

Donations will be accepted in each residence hall at the end of each quarter. If you are moving out any other time and are interested in donating please email us at for accommodations.

2021 Spring Move Out

This spring the Residence Hall Reuse Program and the AS Recycling Center will be collaborating to collect unwanted items from students during move out. Donations of clean items in good condition can be dropped off in the appropriately labeled blue bins near each building's recycling depot starting May 25th. See the lists of accepted items for each bin below.

RHRP bin

(To be reused by future students)

  • Microwaves
  • Minifridges
  • Small Appliances
  • Lighting
  • Mirrors
  • Rugs
  • Storage Solutions
  • Technology
  • Twin XL Bedding
  • Twin XL Mattress Pads

AS Recycling Center bin

(To be donated to local charities)

  • Clothing & Shoes
  • Furniture
  • Non-Perishable Foods
  • Soap & Laundry Detergent

Returning Rentals

If you are moving off campus and have rented items from us which you no longer need: 

  1. Make sure your rentals are clean and in working condition. 

  1. Check your email for further details on how to make an appointment to return your items or email us at with inquiries.

  1. Keep an eye out for a survey from us and keep consuming consciously! 


Residents can reserve items at any time for the remainder of the academic year.

Renting Process

  1. View our “Available Inventory” and then follow the “Reserve Here” button to fill out the reservation form.
  2. Return the Residence Hall Reuse Program Liability waiver found in your confirmation email sent 24-48 hours after your reservation has been processed.
  3. Check your email to schedule a pick up appointment that corresponds with your move in date.
  4. If at any time you no longer need to rent items, email as soon as possible to allow other students time to reserve and prepare.
  5. Pick up your items in Edens North first during your scheduled appointment.

Please note: Students are responsible for all transportation of rented items to their Residence Hall from Edens North.


If you have any questions,  email us at and follow our Instagram @wwuresreuse


What is the Residence Hall Reuse Program?

The Residence Hall Reuse Program is a student-led initiative to find new homes for unwanted items donated by students when moving out of the residence halls. Donated items are collected and stored over the summer before incoming students claim them after moving into the residence halls.

The program is aimed to reduce waste by keeping items in use for a longer period of time. This program provides students an opportunity to directly take part in sustainable living.


How much does it cost to rent?

Nothing! The Residence Hall Reuse Program aims to make living on campus as accessible and affordable as possible for incoming students by providing free rentals of essential items.


Have items been sanitized?

All items are sanitized at the time of collection and stored  with minimal human contact. Masks and gloves are worn by staff during pickup and will maintain adequate physical distancing.


Residence Hall Composting

As of Nov. 28, 2018, Western Washington University has one of the first composting programs of its kind.

Each resident hall is currently equipped with its own composting bucket, an instructional sticker and biodegradable liners.

Composting Program Benefits

  • Accessible to all students
  • Requires no custodial labor
  • Creates a consistent culture of sustainable waste management across campus
  • Builds long-term success even with student turnover
  • Educates to instill lifelong sustainability habits
  • Increases awareness on social, economic, and ecological benefits of composting
  • Reduces landfill waste and greenhouse gases
  • Creates a positive impact on habitats near landfills
  • Converts potential landfill waste into a useful product sold in local communities
  • Decreases University disposal expenses

Compost Liners

As part of your compost bin delivery, you received a roll of liners to last the entire quarter. Your next roll won’t be delivered until the next break, so make sure you’re only using the bags for compost!

Birnam Wood and Buchanan Towers

Birnam Wood and Buchanan Towers houses one compost bin per apartment/suite to reside in the kitchen area of each apartment/suite. Compost bins for the rest of the campus living community occupy in each room.

Compost flyer with information written on this page

Where to Empty Compost

There are several compost toters/dumpsters located in your residential community. The Office of Sustainability recommends disposing the liners and their contents once a week if you are disposing of wet organic waste. If your items are dry, you may go much longer without emptying your bin.

Compost throughout the Day

Your sustainable lifestyle doesn’t need to end in your room. WWU has a variety of places to dispose of organic waste throughout the day. You can find compost bins inside each of the dining locations across campus or in Red Square.

WWU Residence Hall Composting in the News

Please visit SSC’s website for more information on what can go in your bin.

For questions about replacing the biodegradable liners or the compost bins themselves, please contact Terence Symonds at 360-650-7322 or