Clean out the Closets, Dispose of Household Items Safely at Declutter Day

April 19, 2022

Spring cleaning is underway, but before you just throw everything out, take some time to make sure you’re disposing of things safely and properly.

A recent research study found that more than 39 million people fell victim to identity related scams last year. In many situations, people who have their personal information used in fraudulent activities don’t find out until it is too late.

The best way to make sure your information stays out of the hands of scammers is to dispose of it safely. Members of the University of Utah and Salt Lake communities will have an opportunity to do so at an upcoming “declutter day.”

Declutter day will take place on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Utah tailgating lot located at 595 Guardsman Way.

Stations will be set up to collect and shred paper documents, collect electronic waste, safely dispose of prescription medication, as well as donate gently used clothing and household items to benefit the Other Side Academy. Click here for a list of accepted items.

In addition to protecting personal information, declutter day offers the community a way to sustainably eliminate household waste. Electronics specifically can be toxic when they end up in landfills. April 22 is Earth day, so protect yourself and Mother Nature by participating in this event.

Declutter day is an annual event, which is hosted by the Utah Department of Commerce’s Division of Consumer Protection and the University of Utah Sustainability Office. The event is free and open to the public, but only for households, not businesses. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload cars to speed up the process.

Accepted Items

  • Documents for shredding
  • Desktop and laptop computers
  • Expired prescription medications
  • Monitors, keyboards and computer mice
  • TVs, DVD and VHS players
  • Cameras, stereos, speakers, phones and cords
  • Printers and copy machines
  • Batteries
  • Ski and snowboards
  • DVDs, CDs and plastic disc cases
  • Ink and toner cartridges
  • Clean, dry, clear plastic bags
  • Gently used clothing
  • Gently used household furniture