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Reuse, Rehome!

29 May 2013

Instead of throwing away your unwanted items when you leave why not give them to the QM Halls Reuse Campaign? 

When moving out of your Hall, take your unwanted items to Residences Reception for recycling!  Instead of being sent for disposal and landfill - all items in good condition will be given to local, national and international charities, homeless hostels and other reuse organisations (through CRISP). 

Do your bit for the environment and for those in need!

Items accepted:

  • CLOTHES & SHOES (must be clean and undamaged, tie pairs of shoes together)
  • BEDDING AND BED LINEN (clean duvets, blankets, pillows – no stains please! Dry clean towels and bed linen)
  • FOOD (must be unopened packages. Include canned foods, dried goods, biscuits, tea-bags, etc - no perishables.  Give open packages to students remaining in halls)
  • KITCHEN ITEMS (must be in good condition and washed.  Include cutlery, plates, cups, pots and pans. When the coating of a non-stick pan is damaged it cannot be reused)

For any items that cannot be donated but can be recycled generally (e.g. aluminium cans, packaging etc), recycling bags can be collected from Residences Reception .

Please dispose of any non-recyclable items in black bags (also provided by Residences Reception).  Failure to do so will result in you being charged for the removal of these items.  Please leave all non-recyclable general waste in black bags in the flat kitchen – these will be removed daily from Monday to Friday.

Please remember to:

  • Ensure all food is removed from fridges, freezers and cupboards
  • Ensure that glass and sharp objects are NOT put into black bags but are disposed of separately
  • Check under beds and take all your belongings with you – we will only consider valuable items as lost property and all other items will be discarded.

Please take all recyclable rubbish in pink bags to Residences Reception


Last year, 69 university halls of residence from 12 different London universities collected over 33 tonnes of unwanted items for reuse, the equivalent of 0.5 tonne per Hall and saving 360 tonnes of CO2(e) (1 tonne of CO2 is the equivalent of travelling by air from London to New York and back!).

Examples of the local, national and international charities, homeless hostels and other reuse organisations benefiting from the scheme include:

Ace of Clubs 


Ace of Clubs aims to guide homeless or vulnerable people towards a more secure way of life. - www.aceofclubsclapham.org

Bright Sparks

Electrical Goods

Bright Sparks sorts, repairs, tests and recycles old domestic electrical goods, keeping them out of landfill and provide training and volunteering opportunities.  Bright Sparks is run by social enterprises Digibridge with London Community Resource Network - www.lcrn.org.uk / www.digibridge.co.uk

Clothes Aid 

Textiles and Shoes

Clothes Aid collects clothes to raise money for a range of UK charities including: The NSPCC, Make-A-Wish, CHAS, The Noah’s Ark Appeal, Papworth Hospital Charity, Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, Battersea Dog & Cats Home. - www.clothesaid.co.uk


Furniture, Textiles, Kitchen Equipment and Foodstuff

Emmaus Communities offer homeless people a home, work and the chance to rebuild their lives in a supportive environment. There are currently 20 Communities around the UK - www.emmaus.org.uk

Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital

Crutches collected returned to local hospitals


Manna Centre


The Manna Centre is a Day Centre for homeless people near London Bridge. - www.mannasociety.org.uk


Furniture and Electrical Goods - Books CD'S Stationary to Local Charities and University Students

OFFERS/Ex-IT collects items of office furniture, fittings, computers and other IT and electrical equipment for reuse and recycling, these item are distributed to community groups, voluntary sector organisations, small start-up business, and socially disadvantaged members of the community. - www.office-furniture-it.crispej.org.uk

St Mungo’s

Electrical Goods Kitchen Equipment and Foodstuff

St Mungo’s support homeless people in their recovery - opening the door to safe housing, drug and alcohol support and physical and mental health care. St Mungo’s provide help for homeless people in gaining life skills - from job training to independent living skills in our 'semi-independent' houses. - www.mungos.org


Duvets and Bedding

Streetlytes provides the basic necessities of food and clothing without pre-conditions to the homeless and vulnerable population of London focusing on drug and alcohol dependence. - www.streetlytes.org

The Marylebone Project 

Duvets and Bedding

The Marylebone Project is the largest centre in the UK dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless women. The project is unique in so much that its core aims are to resettle women into independent housing, access education and to secure paid employment. - www.maryleboneproject.org.uk

The Upper Room 

Duvets and Textiles

The Upper Room provides a broad range of services for the homeless, vulnerable, and socially disadvantaged of West London including serving over 20,000 meals a year. - www.theupperroom.org.uk


Textiles and Shoes

TRAID is a charity working to make the nations unwanted clothes matter.  We divert clothes from landfill at our textile recycling banks, and after hand sorting, we resell the best in our legendary TRAID shops. The profits raised support projects fighting inequality and exploitation in the global textile supply chain, and projects establishing environmental sustainability in some of the world's poorest communities. - www.traid.org.uk

University Halls

Reuse of items by new students in the next academic year

ReLove Campaign

For further information, please contact the Sustainability Team.



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