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Give It, Don’t Bin It with Queen Mary’s Reuse Scheme

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Heading home this summer, but not sure what to do with your spare stuff? Donate your unwanted items to Queen Mary’s Reuse Scheme to help future students, local charities and the planet.  

Since 2017, the Reuse scheme has saved over 3500kg of items from landfill, raised over £20,000 for the British Heart Foundation and supported the vital work of Bow Foodbank.

So, if you have any unwanted items from the list below, it’s simple to get involved by taking them to a drop off point. 

What will be collected?

  • Clean and washed bedding – duvets, sheets & pillows
  • Clean and washed towels
  • Clean crockery and kitchenware
  • Other useful items (i.e. clothing hangers, unwanted electrical items)
  • Unopened, non-perishable food
  • Toiletries (full & part bottles)
  • Cleaning products
  • Stationery

If you have any questions, please contact the Students’ Union on

Drop Off Location & Times    

  • Weekdays at Students’ Union Hub Reception, Mile End, Tuesday 3rd May- Wednesday 1st June (9am-9pm)

Other items- Anytime Drop Off

Clothes & Shoes

Please place them in the British Heart Foundation donation banks in the following locations:

  • Near the Lock Keeper’s Cottage
  • Between Maynard House and Varey House
  • Between Beaumont Court and Creed Court

A red British heart foundation bin in a paved area


If you have any unwanted books, please place them on the Ground Café Book Swap shelf or drop them off in the Better World Book donation banks located at Mile End and Whitechapel libraries.  

Perishable Foods & Open Non-Perishable foods

Please donate them to other residents who might be staying a bit longer or, ultimately, dispose them in the general waste bin.

About the Reuse Scheme

The Reuse Scheme, a collaboration between Queen Mary and the Students’ Union aims to promote a circular approach to waste produced at the University. Through the twice annual project, staff, outgoing and incoming students work together to save money, take care of our planet by reducing waste, limiting resource use & lowering carbon emissions.


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