Each May, Gettysburg College teams up with the United Way of Adams County for the Give it up for Good Sale. The sale collects furniture, clothing, housewares, electronics, sporting equipment, and non-perishable food from student move-out, as well as furniture and appliances donated by the College itself. The sale has produced $15,000 to $17,000 annually for the United Way of Adams County and prevents approximately 30 tons of material from entering the waste stream each year. In 2012, the sale diverted 25 tons of donations from the waste stream and earned over $17,000 for the United Way of Adams County Community Impact Fund.
Also partnering with the United Way, Gettysburg College supports an In-kind Donation Program that places used furniture in local small businesses and the in homes of low-income families.
Dining Services works with the Painted Turtle Farm, the student-run organic garden, to run a composting program. Students transfer compostable vegetable scraps from the Dining Center to the farm to biodegrade. This compost is used to enrich the garden's soil to produce herbs and vegetables that are later used by the Dining Center and Campus Kitchens.