Social Responsibility

Get involved with Give It Don’t Bin It

Did you know that, since 2012, we’ve saved almost 3,000kg of CO2 gas emissions and over 289 tonnes of waste which would have gone straight to landfill sites?

That’s all thanks to our Give It Don’t Bin It scheme, and we’re looking for students to volunteer for this year’s campaign.

Between 11am-4pm on Tuesday 30 April and Friday 3 May, we’ll be at Owens Park, Fallowfield to make up to 20,000 Give It Don’t Bin It donation/recycling packs. These packs, which encourage you to donate all of your unwanted goods to charity, will be distributed to all student houses and student halls in Manchester before they leave for summer.

There’s a great benefit of volunteering at one of our Volunteer Days – your efforts will count towards the Make a Difference part of your Stellify Award.

To apply for a Volunteer Day, check out the Volunteer Hub:

About Give It Don’t Bin It

Give It Don’t Bin It 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 £1.6 million for the BHF which has helped to fund 649 defibrillators, 56 Heartstart schemes, 328 establishments doing CPR training, 409,198 free heart health resources and supported 26 BHF retail shops and 60 research grants to help fund lifesaving research into heart diseases.
  • Over 550 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.
  • Over 120,000 bags of donations have been donated and over £40,000 worth of furniture donations from the University. Last year alone, over 36,000 bags were donated and over £5,000 worth of furniture was donated.

For more information, check out the Give It Don’t Bin It website.

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