Don’t dump it – donate it

4 May 2018

Moving on? donate it

Moving out of halls this year and leaving useable stuff behind? Don’t dump it – donate it to us and we’ll find a new home for it with next year’s students.

Moving out of halls can be a stressful time and we understand you can’t always bring everything with you at the end of the year. Sometimes dumping everything in a skip can seem like the easiest option while you’re rushing to get everything ready, but this has a number of negative environmental impacts. That’s why we’re making it easy and doing the hard bit for you. All you have to do is bring your things to one of our collection points and we’ll do the rest.

In previous years, Westminster students have prevented vast amounts of carbon emissions by conserving the resources needed to produce new things and saving tonnes of useable homewares from being sent to landfill where they would have produced greenhouse gases.

Bring your unwanted items to our designated collections points and sort it into the crates we have provided. There will be crates available for different categories including kitchenware, bedding and electronics, so please help us out and sort your things into the crates.

They will be stored over the summer and sold to new students when they move in to halls on a pay-what-you-can basis. The proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

Below you’ll see a list of the sort of thing we do and don’t want, but if you have something else and you’re not sure what to do with it please contact us at [email protected].

When and where

Marylebone Halls – Common Room, 14 – 26 May 

Harrow Halls – Common Room, 29 May – 9 June 

What we want 

  • Good quality clothing/bedding
  • Electronics
  • Clean kitchenware
  • Books
  • Stationery

What we don't want

  • Anything stained, dirty or broken
  • Food
  • Toiletries

What to do with items we don't want 

Broken electrical items or items with a non-UK plug - we will provide containers for these electrical items in common rooms throughout the collection dates.

Unwanted food or toiletries - any opened items can unfortunately not be reused so please put these in the general waste bins. If you have any food or toiletries which are unopened, you may be able to donate these to a local food bank. Check the Foodbank website to find a location near you. 

Stained, dirty or broken items - unfortunately we are unable to reuse these items so please dispose of them in your nearest general waste bin.

Batteries - used batteries should not go in the general waste bins. Your nearest battery disposal points are in the campus reception.

There are general waste bins and recycling bins dotted around all the campuses for you to use. 

For more information or if you have any questions about how to get rid of unwanted items, please get in touch with us at [email protected]


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