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 unwanted student items from on campus residences and off campus housing from the local landfill. The Wolfville and area community also participates and over the years 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.
NOTICE: Dump & Run 2021 has been cancelled due to ongoing health policies and restrictions related to COVID-19.
Alternatives for selling or recycling of usable items include the following:
Please also consider the Wolfville Area Food Bank for donations of unopened, non-perishable food and other items, such as toiletries. Please contact local organizations in advance in case they change their donation policies.
Cancelled for 2021
Acadia Athletic Complex Gymnasium
Event Day Entrance: Main Entrance
Donation Drop-off Schedule: NA
Community and off-campus students: 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 all residences for on campus students starting the last day of classes. Ask your RA or custodian for more 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.
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 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
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. Any Acadia club or society is eligible to participate.
A list of volunteers with contact information must be returned to the coordinator. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please park in the designated zone at the back of the Athletic Centre Parking lot near the soccer fields.
Volunteers should enter at the main entrance to the Athletic Centre. Please check in at the info desk.