Manchester Student Homes (MSH) has been working with Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester and Manchester City Council in delivering the Give It Don’t Bin It campaign in support of the British Heart Foundation and Manchester Central Foodbank.
The campaign aims to reuse and recycle unwanted items of clothing, books, electricals and unopened, non-perishable food from students living both on-campus and off-campus, reducing waste in the process.
All donations are directly donated to either the British Heart Foundation or Manchester Central Foodbank. In 2016, the donations made by students to the British Heart Foundation totalled an amount equivalent to £230,723, while food donations provided the equivalent of 1,360 meals to help local people in food poverty.
This year, over the course of two days, student volunteers, staff and MSH landlord volunteers managed to put together a staggering 19,500 Give It Don’t Bin it packs, containing information about the campaign and British Heart Foundation donations bags. This is vital to success of the campaign – the packs raise awareness and make it easier for students to donate. Therefore, the more packs made, the more donations the British Heart Foundation and Manchester Central Foodbank will be able to collect.
Poppy Humphrey, MSH Off Campus Student Affairs Officer commented: “This is a fantastic initiative which sees students, staff, MSH landlords, partnership agencies and local long-term residents come together to support the effective delivery of this important campaign. Thanks to all involved.”
Thanks to the support of Sophie Leigh, Sustainability Engagement Manager and Ailsa McConnachie – Folwell, Sustainability Engagement Assistant for project managing the campaign on behalf of The Manchester Metropolitan University.