Patriot Packout (PPO)

COVID-19 NOTICE for Move Out 2020:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the staggered nature of Mason’s move outs (to accommodate for social distancing), there will be NO PATRIOT PACKOUT THIS YEAR. 

Though it saddens us to not be able to divert from trash/ donate as much as 13,000 lbs of goods, clothing, food, and other items to local non-profits as we have in years past, it is necessary to ensure the safety of all those who would come in contact with such items. Though it is simply not feasible this year, we thank you for your understanding and ongoing support for this important zero waste initiative. For more information about the program in general and data from our previous years, see below:


In the mad dash to pack up after finals and graduation, many George Mason University students find that they have accumulated more over the course of an academic year than could reasonably fit in their vehicle.  Each year, the Patriot Packout (PPO) donation drive makes sure these discarded items don’t end up in the trash. PPO usually occurs during finals week and ends the Monday after graduation. Donations of clothes (lightly used/ clean); nonperishable, unopened, and unexpired food; and operable small appliances and electronics are collected in the lobbies of Mason residence halls during Move Out.  Please check to find the closest donation site.  All items are donated, and past recipient organizations include the Patriot Pantry, Food for Others, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and the Clock Tower Thrift Store in Falls Church.

Patriot Pack Out was launched by the Office of Government and Community Relations and Mason Recycling and Waste Management in 2007. Now a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, Mason Housing & Residence Life, and Mason Recycles this program is meant to divert goods away from trash,  and in 2018 we collected over 10,700 pounds of food, clothing, and appliances!