Patriot Packout (PPO)


Supporting Reuse & Waste Diversion: In the mad dash to pack up after finals and graduation, many Mason 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 diverts reusable goods and non-perishable food/toiletry supplies from trash through donation. All items collected during PPO drop-off events are donated to non-profit partners; past recipient organizations include the Patriot Pantry, Food for Others, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, Amvets, and the Clock Tower Thrift Store in Falls Church.

Acceptable? Donations of  non-perishable, unopened, and unexpired food/toiletries (see Parking and Transportation’s Donation Drive for the Patriot Pantry); small appliances and electronics; bikes/scooters; books and textbooks; clothes (like new/clean); small assembled furniture; etc., can be brought to select campus drop off sites during move out this May. Please see the event information below for the different campus drop off locations, donation categories, and the specific times/dates available. If the on-campus donation times/dates don’t work for you, please consider local off-campus donation sites instead!

Have like new/gently used clothing? Bring to Parking Lot R on 5/18 – 5/19 (12-3pm), or donating directly to the Trans Clothing Closet during the academic year (please see the LGBTQ+ Resources Center’s website for more info).

Hazardous Waste? You air quality starts with what you put in the bin – please do NOT put any hazardous/universal waste in the trash! Here is more information on how to safely dispose of hazardous/universal waste items like batteries, mini-fridges, printer cartridges, etc. both on and off-campus.

Patriot Pack Out was launched by the Office of Government and Community Relations and Mason Recycling & Waste Management in 2007. Now a collaboration between the University Sustainability, Mason Housing & Residence Life, and Facilities Management’s Recycling & Waste Management this program is meant to divert goods away from trash, and we typically collect over 10,000 lbs. of food, clothing, and small appliances!



Small Appliances

Good working condition…

  • Mini-fridges
  • Microwaves
  • Flat screen TVs
  • Toasters
  • Coffee makers
  • Rice cookers, air fryers
  • Lamps
  • Printers
  • Clocks
  • Vacuums
  • Small fans

Small Furniture


  • Mirrors
  • Bookshelves
  • Chairs

Clothing/ Home Goods

Like New/ Gently Used…

  • Clothing (must be clean and bagged)*
  • Shoes (clean and separated from other items)
  • Books/ textbooks
  • Backpacks/ laptop cases
  • Purses/ wallets
  • Video games/ DVDs (must be in cases)
  • Clean pots, pans, or baking dishes

*Have new or like new clothing/shoes/accessories for the Trans Clothing Closet? Consider dropping off here!

Non-Perishable Food/ Toiletries

**NO expired/ near expired…

  • Ramen, Pasta, jarred/ canned sauce
  • Canned tuna, chicken, salmon
  • Cereal, oatmeal
  • Granola bars, snacks, chips, crackers
  • Peanut butter/ Jelly

**New/ unopened…

  • Toilet paper/ paper towels
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Body wash




Click here or scan QR code to go to Sustainability Sign Ups


Click here  for Facilities Hazardous waste info for batteries, e-waste, broken mini-fridges, etc.!

*See the Facilities Donation Resources Page for other year-round donation sites as well.

Resource: PPO FLYER for your campus site

PDF of 2022 PPO flyer for your campus site: Patriot Packout-2022 Flyer