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Spring Move Out Project (SMOP)

Whether you’re moving out or you just want a little more elbow room, the annual Spring Move Out Project (SMOP) is the time and the place for unloading unwanted—but still usable—household goods. Students and area residents bring clothing, books, household items, furniture, and non-perishable food items down to this annual community recycling and swap event. Leftovers will be donated to local charities and reuse stores.

This popular street swap encourages reuse, recycling, and overall better management of unwanted items resulting during student move-out times.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

11am – 3pm

on lower Buell St & Loomis St (Burlington)


For more information, contact the UVM Office of Student & Community Relations via email at oscr@uvm.edu (use subject line: “Request for SMOP Information”) or call 802-656-9405.

SMOP is a collaborative effort by the City of Burlington, the University of Vermont, Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD), ReSOURCE, Champlain College, Burlington neighborhood groups and landlords, Casella Waste Systems and Myers Container.

Get involved

During the one day SMOP event, Burlington students and area residents are encouraged to bring the following items in good condition to the special collection/community swap sites:

Clothing (must be clean and dry)


Household items


Non-perishable food

Street Map with red markers on Loomis and Buell Street
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Interested in volunteering? SMOP needs 50 volunteers to help with tasks that range from directing traffic to hauling couches. Learn more and sign up here.

SMOP is taking place in two locations:

  • BUELL ST (between Orchard Terrace and South Union Street)
  • LOOMIS ST (between Booth Street and North Willard Street).

Items not claimed during the event will be donated to local charities, including ReSOURCE, Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, and the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, among others.

Furniture in poor condition and other trash will be accepted for a fee at dumpsters ($5-25, depending on the items). These dumpsters will be available only during SMOP.

ReSOURCE will be accepting certain electronics (TVs, computers & peripherals) in any condition for recycling.

Those who can’t make it to SMOP should consider donating items directly to one of the organizations listed above or check out our reuse options page. Some may even pick up.

Certain items are also accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers, though fees may be charged for some items.

Looking for stuff at bargain prices (i.e. FREE) and can’t make SMOP? Check out the dozens of other local options for reuse on our Reuse & Donation Options page.