Social Responsibility

Give It Don’t Bin It

Volunteer Days: Give It Don’t Bin It – Let’s Get Packing,

Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 April, Owens Park, Fallowfield

We’re looking for students to volunteer on Give It Don’t Bin It. We’ll be there from 11am to 4pm both days. All volunteering that you do on Give It Don’t Bin It will count towards the Make a Difference part of the Manchester Leadership Award. The volunteering can be flexible and if you can spare a few hours, that will be a great help.

Up to 20,000 Give It Don’t Bin It donation/recycling packs will be made up by volunteers. The packs will eventually be distributed to all the student houses and to students living in halls in Manchester. Refreshments and lunch will be available to all volunteers.

Please find the adverts on the Volunteer Hub for each day if students wish to apply to volunteer:

About Give It Don’t Bin It:

This is a student move-out donation/recycling campaign encouraging Manchester students to donate unwanted items to charity as they leave for summer instead of dumping items into general waste bins, which end up as landfill. The charities that benefit are the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Manchester Central Foodbank. The campaign has been running since 2012 and since then:

  • Has raised the equivalent of £1.3 million for the BHF which has funded 530 defibrillators, 52 Heartstart schemes, 277 establishments doing CPR training, 350,892 free heart health resources and supported 26 BHF retail shops and two research grants to help fund lifesaving research into heart diseases.
  • Over 500 student volunteers just like you have helped create/post over 20,000 packs each year which are used to encourage you to donate unwanted items to the BHF and Manchester Central Foodbank.
  • To date over 84,000 bags of donations have been donated and £35,000 worth of furniture donations from the University. Last year alone over 22 000 bags were donated and over £5000 worth of furniture was donated.
  • As a result 2017 saw over 2000 tonnes CO2 gas emissions saved and over 211 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill. This is the equivalent weight of 35 elephants. Furthermore this cost saving ensured the city saved over £74,000. This money was used elsewhere to benefit the Manchester community, for example in local schools.
  • Over the last two years both UoM and MMU students have donated 4,000 meals to Manchester Central Foodbank, helping to support people in Manchester living in food poverty.