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Reuse Scheme: Donate your unwanted Items

Donate your unwanted items to give them a new life.

What is Reuse?

At the end of each semester the Students' Union and Residences teams run the Reuse Scheme, collecting donations of University essentials from departing students to give them a new life with students arriving the next semester. Since beginning in 2017 the scheme has grown and grown.

In May/June 2019 we collected over 1000 kg worth of items which are then given, free of charge, to new students at the beginning of the next semester, helping them financially and easing their transition into university.

Why Reuse?

By donating unwanted items to Reuse, students and staff can save perfectly usable stuff from going to waste. Your items will be given a new life, helping to reduce the University’s carbon footprint. 

Since the introduction of the Reuse scheme in 2017 we have diverted 2300 kg of usable items and growing each year. 

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)
  • Unopened, non-perishable food
  • Toiletries (full & part bottles)
  • Cleaning products
  • Stationery

Drop Off Location & Times    

Locations and times will be announced shortly before to the Reuse collection periods in December/January and May/June each year. 

What will NOT be collected? 

Clothes & shoes

If you have any unwanted clothes, shoes or other accessories, please place them in the British Heart Foundation donation banks in the following locations:

  • Near the Lock Keepers Cottage
  • Between Maynard House and Varey House
  • Between Beaumont Court and Creed Court
  • Extra Boxes in Halls of residences (usually next to entrance door)

Books

If you have any unwanted books, please place them on the Ground Café Book Swap shelf or drop them off at our Better World Book donation boxes located at:

  • Mile End library
  • West Smithfield library
  • Whitechapel library

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. 

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You can expect to hear more about opportunities to donate each May, June and December and get in touch with t.stockton@qmul.ac.uk with any questions.