Bobcats Give Back


Learn how you can get involved in the unique move-out program leading the charge for sustainable resource recovery at Texas State University.



Donation stations will be available at each on-campus residential hall. We accept 6 different categories of materials.


Materials are sorted and weighed by staff and volunteers at a designated sorting location.


To encourage the reuse and redistribution of goods, nonprofits, students, and residents can take items for free on Community Shopping Days.

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Why waste?

In one of the fastest growing counties in the country, it is more important than ever that institutions promote efforts to decrease waste being funneled into the state's already strained landfills. Read more about nationwide facts and figures regarding waste and recycling to understand the necessity of sustainable resource recovery in the modern era.

What Goes Around...

A circular economy is a system focused on limiting raw material use, designing resource friendly products, and recapturing waste. Bobcats Give Back focuses on the last element of a circular economy, ensuring that items otherwise destined for a landfill can instead be rerouted to food banks, thrift stores, organizations fighting homelessness, local school districts, and any student or San Marcos resident in need. Read more about what it means to promote and participate in a circular economy below.

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Residence Hall Collection

April 26 - May 2

Residential Hall Lobbies & Common Areas

Drive-Thru Collection

May 6 - May 7

Bobcat Stadium West Lot (P10 West)

9 AM - 5 PM

Bobcats Give Back staff pose with acceptable materials.

What Do We Accept?

Bobcats Give Back accepts materials in good condition that fall within the following 6 main categories 

  1. Wardrobe: gently-used clothing, accessories, and shoes
  2. Home-goods: kitchen items, office supplies, d├ęcor, and storage
  3. Electronics and small appliances: kitchen gadgets, devices, batteries, lightbulbs
  4. Non-perishable food items
  5. Hygiene and home cleaners: unopened soaps, cleaning sprays, first aid, wipes, and cleaning equipment such as mops, brooms, and vacuums
  6. Beddings and towels: sheets, comforters, blankets, curtains, and towels

What We Don't Accept

  • Mattress pads and personal pillows
  • Undergarments and socks
  • Clothing that is stained, worn out, stretched, or ripped
  • Damaged or broken glasses, bowls, and plates
  • Dirty dishes
  • Visibly broken devices and appliances
  • Opened personal hygiene items
  • Medication, prescriptions, and sharps
  • Opened household cleaning products
  • Opened cans, jars, and other food packages
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23 Residence Halls serviced in Spring 2023

16+ local business and nonprofit partnerships


17,686.5 lbs of donated items collected in 2023

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Program Sponsors

The TXST Department of Housing and Residential Life logo
The TXST Office of Sustainability logo
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