SAN ANTONIO -

Inside her dorm at Trinity University, Katie Ogawa, a junior from New Mexico, sorts through piles of clothing, books and stuff.

"We have piles of stuff going home, piles of stuff going in storage," she said.

She toted piles of stuff she no longer needs or wants down the hall to a Goodwill collection bin, one of 32 set up inside Trinity's residence halls during the two-week student exodus.

The school is one of five nationwide participating in a pilot program called Give and Go: Move Out 2013. The idea is to keep reusable items out of the trash and promote sustainability by making it convenient.

"It takes away the barriers of having their parents load it up, take it somewhere or take it home and still not use it and keeps it out of landfills and puts it to good use in the community," said Cyndi Erp, director of community engagement for Goodwill San Antonio.

As students have packed up and moved out, bins have been overflowing with clothing, bedding, storage containers and kitchen items. One bin even contained a toaster oven and computer printer.

San Antonio Food Bank bins are also set up inside residence halls where students can donate non-perishable food.

The Goodwill donations will be sold in the non-profit's thrift stores, with proceeds funding Goodwill's missions.

"A bag of clothes will fund two hours of career counseling, for example," Erp said.

Before this pilot, Trinity would donate things students left behind, as much as 15 tons a year.

Ogawa prefers the donation bin to the trash can.

"We don't want to move. We don't want to deal with this stuff, so when we have a place to put things, that we know is going to go to good use, I think that really is an incredible opportunity," Ogawa said.

Give and Go: Move Out 2013 is organized by Keep America Beautiful and Goodwill Industries and is a collaboration with the College and University Recycling Coalition.

If it is successful, the goal is to graduate the program to campuses nationwide.

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