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Clean and Go Green – December 2022

12/03/2022 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:00am, repeating until 12/03/2022

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 the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses 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 1, 2022 and Friday, December 2, 2022, Rain or Shine!

Drop-off hours 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
  • Manhattanville – The Plaza in front of the Lenfest Center for the Arts

Paper Shredding Locations:

  • College Walk near Kent Hall (shredding truck)
  • Manhattanville – The Plaza in front of the Lenfest Center for the Arts (secure shredding bins)


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

Reuse/Donation (Low Plaza only) – Bring your donation items early to increase the chance that they will find a new home!

  • Clothing
  • Textiles and Linens
  • Non-perishable Food
  • Books/Used Books
  • New or Gently Used Coats, Boots and Shoes
  • Hats and Gloves
  • Unused Toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, shampoo and deodorant
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Hand Towels

Cathedral Community Cares (CCC), a Columbia Community Service grantee, will benefit from your donations and has expressed a great need for the following items: new or gently used coats, boots, shoes, hats, and gloves, as well as unused toiletries, dishwashing liquid, and hand towels.


  • Furniture (not available at Manhattanville/The Plaza 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

Please visit our website for more information on items you can bring to drop-off locations. 

Should you have any questions about this event or need other facilities-related information, please contact the Facilities Services Center at 212-854-2222 or email facilities@columbia.edu. We look forward to seeing you at Clean + Go Green!
Event Contact Information:
Facilities Services Center