Acadia Dump and Run

The Acadia Dump and Run is a large campus-community garage sale held each spring. It was started by students in 2001 to divert residence waste from the landfill and minimize curbside waste from off-campus housing.The Wolfville and area community also participates and over the years literally tons of waste has been diverted from local landfills. Student and community groups volunteer at the event with proceeds donated to the participating campus clubs, societies and community non-profit groups. Past volunteer groups include Habitat for Humanity, Girl Guides, World University Services Canada, Wolfville Tritons, SPCA, The Acadia Community Farm, S.M.I.L.E. and many more.

Event Details


Saturday April 27th, 2019 9am-1pm


Acadia Athletic Complex Gymnasium

Event Day Entrance: Main Entrance

Donation Drop-off Schedule:

Community and off-campus student donations accepted Wednesday April 24th-Friday April 26th 1:00 PM-7:00 PM. Donations are only accepted at the lower west entrance of the Athletic Centre. Please do not leave items outside.

Acadia Residences: Donation bins are located in residence for on-campus students from April 8th-April 24th. Ask your RA or custodian for details.

Parking: Parking for patrons on the day of the event is available in the Athletic Centre parking lot. Security staff will be on site to help direct traffic. 

Campus map

Items Accepted

Furniture, toys, clothes, sports equipment, decorations, tools, kitchenware, shoes and electronics.

Items NOT Accepted

Helmets, baby furniture, car seats, toiletries, paints, rugs, televisions, mattresses, pillows, soiled or broken items, undergarments, Readers Digests, encyclopedias, textbooks older than 10 years, magazines, fridges, stoves, bicycles. ***Please be considerate and do not donate these items.These items will be disposed of upon arrival and they create extra work for our volunteers and higher costs for the event.

Please Note: We are no longer able to arrange community pick-ups.

Contact Valley Waste Waste Resource Management for information on disposal of items not accepted. Did you know that  Valley Waste now operates a re-sort centre year round for waste items in good condition? Check it out on Saturdays. 

Dump & Run Volunteer Groups

Proceeds from the Dump & Run go to participating campus clubs and community non-profits each year. Volunteers from these groups help organize the event and earn revenue for their organization. Recent groups include:

  • Acadia Community Development International Experience
  • Kentville Marlins
  • Acadia Community Farm
  • Avonport Baptist Church
  • Enactus Acadia
  • Melanson Community Club
  • Acadia Environmental and Sustainability Studies Student Society
  • Gaspereau Scouts
  • Kids Action Program
  • 9 Lives Cat Rescue
  • Tops NS #2688



Phone: 902-585-1311

Key Dates 2019

April 5: Deadline for volunteer groups to confirm participation

April 10-24: Residence collection begins

April 17: Mandatory volunteer group information session 

April 19: Deadline for volunteer participant lists

April 24-26: Donations accepted (1:00 PM- 7:00 PM)

April 27: Dump and Run Event Day (9:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Information for Volunteers

Volunteers help with many tasks before and during the event. Set up involves tasks such as receiving, sorting and organizing donations ranging from furniture and appliances to books and clothes. During the event volunteers provide assistance to shoppers, work as pricers and cashiers, help with security, manage stock, and clean-up at the end of the event. Volunteers must be over 12 years of age and physically able to carry and sort items.  

Thanks to all those interested, but we now have ample volunteers so are not accepting new community groups for this year. All community groups who volunteered in 2018 are eligible to return. Contact by April 5th to confirm participation.

Any Acadia club or society is eligible to participate. Please confirm your group's participation by April 5th.

Volunteer Information Session is scheduled for Wednesday April 17th from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the  Acadia Athletics Complex. A representative from your group must attend this session or your group will be ineligible to participate. 

A list of volunteers with contact information must be returned to the coordinator by April 19th. Volunteers not on this list will not be permitted to volunteer. Please note that only 15 volunteers per group are permitted to participate. Please complete the form and return to 

Volunteer Group Participant List Form

All volunteers must read, understand and sign the volunteer agreement prior to volunteering. The forms should be presented at the Volunteer Information Session or on the first day of volunteering.

Volunteer Agreement

Volunteer Hours

Wednesday April 24th - Friday April 26th 1:00 PM-7:00 PM; Saturday Event Day April 27th 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Volunteer Parking

Please park in the designated zone at the back of the Athletic Centre Parking lot near the soccer fields.

Volunteer Entrance

Volunteers should enter at the main entrance to the Athletic Centre. Please check in at the info desk.