A new home for your unwanted items

Reuse history - kg per headInstead of throwing your unwanted items away when you leave this summer, why not donate them to the Reuse and Recycling Campaign. This scheme has run since 2009 to divert waste from landfill at the end of term. There are 2 separate schemes:

  • Good food can be donated to the box in your kitchen.
  • The other scheme is run by British Heart Foundation (BHF) who we have been working with for the last 2 years.

It is really easy to donate. Everything you give supports BHF, reduces waste and helps avoid CO2 emissions.

What can be reused?

Please donate unwanted clothing, textiles, paired shoes, bags, books, CDs, DVDs, small electrical items, homewares and clean, good quality crockery by placing it in the red BHF bag which we will deliver to your room shortly before the end of term.

  • All clothes and fabrics can be donated but please ensure other items are in a good and reusable condition.
  • NO duvets, pillows, knives (sharps) or food. Thank you!
  • Good food can be donated in the allocated box in your kitchen. Good Food - Unopened, packet or tinned (non-perishable, not chilled or frozen) food will be given to a homeless charity to help those in need. Please put these items in the box in your kitchen.

With so much waste being produced over such a short period of time this is an excellent opportunity to make the best of it with only a little effort required to sort items effectively. In 2016 the scheme was a great success, especially with food donations, and we hope that we can make an even bigger impact this year. In recent years at departures, there was around £8000 worth of good, usable food donated which was a great benefit to Emmaus homeless charity. This amounted to around 2 tonnes.

Each year’s contributions to the reuse scheme can be seen in the chart at the top of the page.

How to take part

There are 2 aspects to the campaign to make the best use of your unwanted resources:

  • Reuse: Please donate anything which is in good condition; all donations can be put to good use through British Heart Foundation and Emmaus
  • Recycling: Please make sure nothing goes to waste unnecessarily; most things which are made of a single material can be recycled.

By reusing & recycling we can benefit those in need and avoid unnecessary CO2 emissions. As you prepare to leave at the end of term, please spend some time to make sure as little as possible goes to waste!

We will provide waste and recycling sacks to make it easy for you to segregate.

Please take your clean, reusable items that you do not intend to take home to the Reuse Collection Point and leave recycling in the sack provided in your room at the end of term. To make it easy to reuse good food we will also place boxes for donations in each kitchen.

Where to put it?

Reuse donations to BHF - Please take your red sack to the collection in your hall:

  • Alban Residences - Student Common Room
  • Beit Quad Hall - East Common Room - Ground floor
  • Eastside - Wilkinson/Gabor Common Room & Linstead Common Room
  • Pembridge Gardens - Main Games Room
  • Southside - 2 x accessible bathrooms and office - Mezzanine level
  • The Costume Store - C Block main entrance
  • Wilson House - Piano Room
  • Woodward Buildings - Ground Floor Common Room
  • Xenia House - Games Room / Student Lounge

Good food can be donated to the box in your kitchen.

Recycling can be left in the recycling sack your room.

Did you know?

Electrical items must be recycled by law (WEEE - Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment); this includes batteries and printer cartridges! Please place these in the designated bins in your hall.

What can be recycled?

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Glass

  • Bottles
  • Jars
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Cans, tins, plastic bottles

  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins
  • Aluminium foil
  • Hard plastics (not bags or films)
  • Plastic bottles (lids removed)
  • Rigid plastic containers (transparent plastic milk containers, margarine tubs yoghurt pots)
  • Aerosol cans (empty only, lids removed)
  • Plastic type 1 (PET)
  • Plastic type 2 (HDPE)
  • Plastic type 3 (PVC)
  • Plastic type 5 (PP)
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Paper and card

  • Office paper (no need to remove staples or paper clips)
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail and envelopes (including window envelopes)
  • Phone directories (inc Yellow Pages)
  • Catalogues Card/cardboard (these must be flattened)
  • Tetra Pak cartons - eg fruit juice & milk cartons

NO: ring binders, plastic pockets/wallets/folders

Food waste

Don’t forget to clear out your cupboards and fridges; please put your food waste in the usual bin
(without the packaging)!

Sharps

Avoid accidents: leave knives, forks or thin glassware in the cuttlery drawer/cupboard – don't dispose of them in a waste sack! Thank you!

Top tips for being green!

  1. Don't put food in the recycling! Food will contaminate recycling and possibly render it unusable. Paper fibres cannot be recycled if they are contaminated with food so please make sure your cans and bottles have been emptied and rinsed out first (but you can recycle food if you have a designated food waste bin).
  2. Recycle as much as possible! Most items can be recycled; checkout the list above! Most homes are managing to recycle 40% of waste but at least 60% is possible.
  3. Encourage others in your hall! In addition to making your own contribution to the reuse scheme and recycling as much as possible, the best thing you can do to ensure that your hall is one of the greenest, is to spread the word and encouraging fellow residents to take part too.

What are the benefits?

  1. Save resources! None of us want to waste time. None of us want to waste money. So why should we want to waste resources? Reclaiming materials for reuse or recycling not only saves the material itself (reducing the need to obtain new raw materials); but also avoids or reduces the energy and other material consumption required during the manufacturing process, too.
  2. Save carbon! Recycling paper and card saves 85% of the carbon emissions compared with sending them to landfill. That’s a considerable benefit to the environment; all you have to do is put it in the right sack! Reusing items saves valuable resources by prolonging their use, reduces impact on the environment by avoiding landfill and, compared with recycling or disposal, produces much lower CO2 emissions. Last year 7.8 tonnes of materials avoided landfill and were reused saving 66 tonnes of carbon. If an item can be reused then this is the best way of disposing of it so please donate as much as you can! But please remember, if something is completely dilapidated then it is unlikely it can be reused!
  3. Social benefits by supporting worthwhile causes! The unwanted items you donate will be put to good use. All items will be reused by British Heart Foundation and Emmaus homeless shelter. BHF donate large grants which contribute to funding research at Imperial College.
  4. Have a free lunch! As food can’t be reused unless it is sealed and un-perishable, why not get together with your kitchen mates and cook up all your leftovers? OK, depending upon what you have left, you might not win MasterChef with this meal but at least you get to share and benefit from all the leftovers rather than simply letting these go to waste!