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Packing up your things? Give it, don’t bin it!

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It’s sad but true, the end of semester really isn’t that far away. Whether you will be  packing up for the summer or to move on for good, there are some great ways you can donate your unwanted things to charity as part of the University’s Give it Don’t Bin it campaign.

Did you know that up to 60% of rubbish can be recycled?

It has been calculated that last year the equivalent of £511,511 was given in donations to the British Heart Foundation by students across Manchester, along with the equivalent of 2300 meals through donations to local foodbanks.

Here’s how you can help this year….

British Heart Foundation

Whether you live in Halls or off campus, you should receive a pack with a BHF donation bag included. If you live in Halls, your donation pack will be delivered by the porters. If you live off campus, you will receive it through your letter box – so please keep a look out for it.

Regardless of if you live in Halls or off campus, there are BHF donation banks close by to you. For those of you living in Halls, your pack will tell you where in you Hall to find your closest donation bank. If you live off campus and want to find your nearest BHF Collection Bank visit:

Things you can donate to BHF:

  • Clothing & shoes
  • Books
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Clean pots, pans and cutlery
  • Small electrical items

Did you know that the BHF also do a free furniture collection?

For more information on Give It Don’t Bin It and to find your nearest BHF Collection Bank visit:

Food glorious food!

If you find you have unopened, non-perishable food in your kitchen cupboards that you won’t be taking with you, you can recycle those too! Take them to the nearest University Hall Reception or Manchester Student Homes and they will be donated to Manchester Central Foodbank.

Manchester Central Foodbank is opposite the Students’ Union (located in Manchester Universities’ Catholic Student Chaplaincy), so you can always drop things in there if that’s easier.

Textbook Rescue

Textbook Rescue is a bid to save hundreds of unwanted textbooks from a life of gathering dust and an opportunity for you to donate your old textbooks to new students. You won’t have to take them very far – find out where your nearest collection point is on the Library website.

And if there is anything left…

Remember to recycle what you can and dispose of any other waste responsibly.

  • Blue Bins:            Paper, cardboard and drinks cartons
  • Brown Bins:        Plastic bottles, cans, tins and glass bottles and jars

You can find out which bin to use in more detail.

And if you have large items that aren’t suitable for charity the council offer a free collection service for up to 3 items a year.

Find out how to recycle more and make a positive contribution to the environment.

Need advice?

Manchester Student Homes are on hand to help with any end of tenancy advice and guidance – including how to dispose of your unwanted stuff.

This year, in partnership with the council, staff will be around Fallowfield, Withington, Old Moat, Rusholme and Mosside during the most populat ‘move out’  weekend on the  29th– 30th June to answer any questions and point you in the right direction of recycling facilities. The Manchester Student Homes office will also be open 9-5 both days.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please get in touch with

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