‘Give It, Don’t Bin It’ charity scheme wins top award

Best Reuse and Waste Prevention Project (2)
L to R: Al Clark, University of Manchester, Mark Miles, Manchester Metropolitan, and Jo Caulfield, TV personality and comedy writer

A University scheme to encourage students to donate their unwanted goods has been recognised for its excellence at the annual Sustainability and Resource Awards.

The Give It, Don’t Bin It project was handed the Best Reuse & Waste Prevention Project award for helping to encourage the city’s student community to donate their unwanted clothes, shoes, books, electrical appliances and crockery to charity when they move out of student residences.

More than £200,000 was raised for charity partners in total this year. Additionally, thousands of meals were donated to the Manchester Central Foodbank.

The scheme was one of a handful of winners at the ceremony, hosted by the Chartered Institution of Waste Management at the Grosvenor Square Marriott, in London. The awards, now in their 11th year, recognise best practice in the sustainable management of waste and resources and reduction of environmental impact.

Mark Miles, Waste and Recycling Officer at Manchester Metropolitan, said: “We are extremely proud to receive the awards on behalf of all of the project partners. It has ‘bin’ a brilliant collaborative effort all round, and we look forward to continue to build on the campaign’s foundations.”

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The Give It, Don’t Bin It campaign was set up by Manchester Metropolitan in 2008 as a pilot campaign at the end of term, aiming to encourage students living in Cambridge Halls of residence to donate their unwanted items. In its first year, approximately 1.8 tonnes of unwanted items were donated to charity.

Since then, Manchester Metropolitan has been working closely with The University of Manchester, Manchester Student Homes (MSH), Manchester City Council and charity partners in delivering the campaign to all university halls of residence, off-campus student housing and the city’s private halls.

This year, over 14,700 bags of unwanted items have been donated to the British Heart Foundation across the partnership, which could raise up to £206,178 to help support lifesaving research and treatment.

As part of the campaign, students were also encouraged to donate their unwanted, unopened and non-perishable food items to the food donation points across the partner sites. A combined total of 1,778 kg of food items have been donated to Manchester Central Foodbank this year, which is enough to provide an estimated 4,233 meals for individuals in crisis across Manchester.

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