Universities in Bristol call on students to donate rather than ditch unwanted goods

Issue date: 02 May 2017

The annual city-wide recycling scheme 'Bristol Big Give' has now begun. As end of term nears, students and city residents are urged to give any unwanted items to charity in order to reduce landfill waste and raise vital funds for charity work.

The project is particularly targeted towards students who will start thinking about moving out of halls or their privately rented housing next month.

Last year, the campaign prevented over 78 tonnes of reusable goods from ending up in landfill sites and generated up to £135,000 for British Heart Foundation and other local charities.

This year's campaign runs until 14 July. Twenty temporary British Heart Foundation clothing banks will be placed in various locations across Bristol as agreed by Bristol City Council, councillors and local community groups.

All city residents are encouraged to take part to help make this year the biggest give yet.

At the end of the campaign, a host of volunteers will collect, sort and distribute the items left at donation points from the university campuses.

The project is a collaboration between Bristol Waste Company, British Heart Foundation, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and UWE Bristol Students' Union (UWESU), University of Bristol and University of Bristol Students' Union (Bristol SU), and is part of the Love Where You Live campaign which helps to build relationships between the student body and the local community, as well as improve sustainability in the city.

More information is available at www.facebook.com/BristolBigGive

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