Don’t throw away your unwanted items!

In this day and age the process of recycling or donating items that you no longer need is second nature. Many of us do not think twice about separating out bottles, cans and other recyclable packaging to ensure they aren’t sent to landfill. Equally, when you riffle through your draws on the first day of summer and find those shocking harem pants / jumpsuit / maxi dress in a questionable zebra print with the sale tag still attached from 2 years back, the process of adding it to a bin bag and taking it to the charity shop can be almost automatic.

However, I know from my own experience that there’s one clear point in time where my good intentions are in jeopardy of (literally) going into the dustbin, and that’s when I’m moving house. Relocation is never a smooth process, and the combination of sifting through your belongings and scoping the tiny new rental flat you’re moving into quickly turns into the realization that you have way too much stuff and very little time and space in which to transport it. I’ve lived in London for 6 years now and am on my 4th dwelling, and each and every move had been hailed by a frantic and exhausting trip to the charity shop with about 20kg of things I really did not need in order to maintain my eco-principles of not throwing out perfectly good stuff. From talking to my friends and housemates (and observing other frantic movers leaving my University Halls of Residence) I know that I’m not the only one who gets worked up about moving out.


Always find ways to get items reused before you throw them out.
Always find ways to get items reused before you throw them out.

This May and June at QMUL, we’ll see this issue multiplied by about 2000 as our lovely first year and associate students move out of Halls of Residence. As our swanky poster suggests, I’m not just writing this blog piece to complain about waste or lecture you about planning a clear out weeks before you move house. The Residential Support team, in partnership with QMUL Sustainability and Facilities Management teams, are running the annual ‘Reuse, Rehome!’ campaign. The aim is to encourage students living in Halls of Residence to donate items that they would otherwise be throwing away to reuse before they move out at the end of the year. The items we collect will then be redistributed to charities across London, like Emmaus and the Whitechapel Mission, in order to help those in need. By diverting these items from landfill and recycling there is also a positive environmental impact, as less energy is required to redistribute them. This is a great way to turn your rubbish into something that has both a social and environmental benefit.  We’ve also tried to make dropping items off as convenient as possible by providing drop off locations at all campuses, and accepting a wide variety of items including ones that are difficult to donate to standard charity shops like duvets and towels.

The text below provides more details about how you can get involved:


You can donate the following items to reuse:

  • Clean bedding and towels – duvets, pillows, bedlinen, towels
  • Clean crockery, pans, kitchenware and crockery
  • Clothes airers/laundry baskets
  • Suitcases, bags etc
  • Stationery
  • Small electrical items
  • Unopened non-perishable food items
  • Toiletries, detergents etc – partially full bottles are most welcome


Please do not leave any items in your rooms when you move out as you will be charged for these.


Ask at Reception at France House, Westfield Way, Mile End Campus if you need any additional bags for collection.


Bring any donations to the drop off points at the locations and times listed below:


Mile End Campus, Residences Marquee, Outside the Curve:


Monday 18th May: 12.00 – 14.00

Wednesday 20th May: 11.00 – 15.00

Friday 22nd May: 11.00 – 15.00


Wednesday 27th May: 11.00 – 15.00

Friday 29th May: 11.00-15.00


Monday 1st June: 11.00 – 15.00

Wednesday 3rd June: 11.00 – 15.00

Friday 5th June: 11.00 – 15.00

Saturday 6th June: 11.00 – 15.00

Sunday 7th June: 11.00 – 15.00


Dawson Hall, Charterhouse Square:


Please drop items off in the ironing rooms on each floor.


Floyer Hall, Whitechapel Campus:


Please drop of items outside the Site Manager’s Office at Floyer Hall from 18th May onwards.



More information on the Reuse campaign, or have questions please visit the QMUL Sustainability website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.


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