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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.

British Heart Foundation

As part of our campaign, we’re once again encouraging students to donate unwanted household items to the British Heart Foundation (BHF). There will be containers in Halls of Residences soon; keep an eye out for more information if you’re in Halls.

Whether you live in Halls or off campus, there are BHF donation banks close by that you can take your things to.  Find your nearest BHF Collection Bank.

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 and to find your nearest BHF Collection Bank visit Give It Don’t Bin it.

In Halls? Why not, Buy, Sell, Swap

A new Facebook group has been set up for students in Halls  to buy, swap and sell items to other UoM residents to minimise on waste and give things a new lease of life with someone else!

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 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 too.

Library books

You can return books to the book return bin in the entrance of the Main Library. If you have any concerns about returning your books, Library staff are available and happy to help. Please contact them through Library Chat or the online enquiry service.  

You can find out more information and updates on the library website.

And if there is anything left…

Please do not leave rubbish and unwanted household items in the street, make sure everything is disposed of responsibly. 

Remember to recycle what you can:

  • 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.

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.

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