Students urged to donate all their unwanted items to city charity

May 29 2015

MANY students will be starting to up sticks this month, as studies finish for the year and tenancies come to an end.

MANY students will be starting to up sticks this month, as studies finish for the year and tenancies come to an end.

So, to encourage students to be more eco-conscious when it comes to disposing of any reusable, unwanted household items, a campaign has been set up, which donates the goods to charity.

The Bristol Big Give – a collaboration between the two Bristol universities and Bristol City Council – collected around 88 tonnes of donated items last year, which raised £180k for a dozen local charities, including the British Heart Foundation.

Over 15 tonnes of the final amount was collected from Gloucester Road.

The campaign encourages students living in halls of residence and private accommodation to donate their items before moving elsewhere or returning home, preventing goods from ending up in landfill.

Goods, which include kitchenware, clothes, food, sports equipment and books, can be donated at a number of different British Heart Foundation collection points across the city.

Rose Rooney, Sustainability Manager for Waste at the University of Bristol, said: “Being involved in the Bristol Big Give is extremely important to help us promote the reuse of items at the University and provide students with the opportunity to have a positive impact on their environment and community.”

To view the collection points, visit: lovewhereyoulivebristol.co.uk/bristol-big-give. For more information about the project, visit: www.facebook.com/bristolbiggive