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Departing students are going green to help local charities

(1 July 2019)

We want to preserve Durham as a beautiful place to live, work, study and visit. That’s why we’re encouraging our students to donate belongings they no longer want to good causes, rather than throw them away, as they leave Durham for the summer.

Under the ‘Green Move Out’ scheme, students can use special purple bags to donate items to local charities.

What is Green Move Out?

Students can donate unwanted clothes, shoes, bedding, electrical items, pots and pans, crockery, books and non-perishable food, which is re-used, diverted or sold.

Over the past 14 years, it has grown from one College to operate across the University, in Colleges and private accommodation.

Last year, 2,870 bags of donated items were collected, £2,000 was raised for local charities and tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill.

We’re grateful to Durham County Council, Durham Constabulary and County Durham Furniture Help Scheme for their support. Council staff have been encouraging students to donate items and dispose of their waste correctly; and the Council has provided extra refuse and recycling collections across the City.