Donate unwanted items and reduce your waste. This page covers what items we accept and how you can organise them.
Each year, lots of waste is generated when students move out of their accommodation, including unwanted food and household goods. Often, many of these items are still in good condition. Instead of throwing them out, why not donate your reusable items?
We understand that moving out can take a lot of effort, which is why we want to make it as easy as possible for our on-campus residents to reduce their waste, donate unwanted items, and have a positive impact on those in need. The Big Campus Clear Out campaign is led by our Corporate Sustainability team. The team collect the unwanted food and household items left in halls and donate them to local charities and our student community. This promotes a circular economy by keeping items out of waste streams.
How it works
- After Spring break, bags and boxes are provided to on-campus residents
- Residents are asked to organise unwanted items using the instructions below
- We then ask that residents leave behind organised items in their halls
- Our Housekeeping team will collect all donations from halls and take them to be donated and reused
- Items are donated to charity
What we accept
The following items can be left on your bedroom desk. They do not need to be placed in bags or containers.
- Sealed, non-perishable food
- Clean kitchenware
- Books, games and stationary
- Working electricals
- Household items
Green bags will be provided to all residents – more can be requested via the Housekeeping team.
- Clean clothing
a kitchen container will be provided to each residential cluster
- Sharp kitchen items (e.g., cheese graters)
- Open, out-of-date, or perishable food
- Open bathroom or kitchen products
- Broken items
- General waste
- Recyclables (e.g., empty bottles)
Where do donations go?
In 2023, items will be donated to:
Tawd Vale Lions Club are ordinary people who do extraordinary things to help others and support good causes throughout the British Isles. Globally they have more volunteers in more places than any other service club organisation, and love to help others and make things happen.
Food will be donated to a local foodbank supported by the Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. They provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.
Want to volunteer?
Contact the Corporate Sustainability team at [email protected] to see how you can get involved with the project.