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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.

If you’re not in halls, you can donate in Sainsbury’s on Oxford Road or directly to the Foodbank. See the donation information for details.

Library books

Don’t forget to return your library books!

Books can be returned at any site (excluding the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and John Rylands Research Institute and Library). You can use either the self-return machine or the book bins which are located near the entrance. 

You can now also return books using the book return boxes located in the Students’ Union and Owens Park.

High demand books should be returned to the Main Library. You can find out more information and updates on the library website.

Move out weekend 20 and 30 June 2023

On 29 and 30 June 2023 there will be pop up donation sites available to help you easily donate unwanted things as your tenancy ends. These will be located on

  • Landcross Rd, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6LZ, UK
  • Brailsford Rd, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6PY, UK
  • 410 Wilmslow Rd, Withington, Manchester M20 3BD, UK
  • Lombard Grove, Manchester M14 6BE, UK
  • Whitby Rd, Manchester M14 6GJ, UK
  • Booth Ave, Manchester M14 6RB, UK
  • Monica Grove, Manchester M19 2BW, UK
  • Hathersage Rd, Manchester M13 0BZ, UK

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. You can also take a look at our recent post on Getting your deposit back.

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