Give It, Don’t Bin It – donate your unwanted items to help those in need

What is Give It, Don’t Bin It?

Give It, Don’t Bin It is a city-wide campaign (led by Manchester Met, the University of Manchester, Manchester Student Homes and Manchester Council) that encourages students to donate unwanted items to charity and recycle their waste when leaving their accommodation.

It is all about making sure that unwanted items are donated to our charity partners (The British Heart Foundation and Manchester Central Foodbank) so they can be reused and repurposed to help others in the local community.

The campaign is aimed at students who are leaving their accommodation at the end of the year, but of course staff are always welcome to donate their unwanted items too.

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You make good things happen

We work with our charity partners to raise funds and redistribute food to the people who need it.

Last year an amazing 124 tonnes of items were donated to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which raised a massive £230,723 to help support lifesaving research and treatments. The equivalent of 1360 meals was also donated, which helped local people experiencing food poverty.

What to donate to the British Heart Foundation

Clothing, paired shoes, books, CDs & DVDs, clean pots, pans and crockery and small working electrical goods (toasters, hairdryers, radios etc).

 Where are my nearest BHF donation points?

Manchester Campus- All Saints 

  • The Union reception
  • Geoffrey Manton reception
  • Benzie reception
  • Business School reception
  • John Dalton reception
  • All Saints reception
  • All Saints Student Living: external donation point opposite Cavendish entrance, 2 external donation points by Cambridge reception.

Manchester Campus- Birley

  • Brooks Building reception
  • Next to the campus bus stop
  • Birley student Living: Vine reception, in all laundry rooms and outside Warde townhouses.

Cheshire Campus

  • Cheshire Student Union reception
  • Booth Student Living reception & outside on the avenue


Food donations for Manchester Central Foodbank

Please make sure donated food items are unopened and non-perishable, such as tins, packets and cartons. Donation points are located in Manchester Met Student Living receptions in Manchester and Crew