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Students help peers go green as they move out

(23 June 2020)

Students with GMO bags and leaflets

It’s really important to us that students leave Durham neat and tidy as they leave the City for the summer. So we’re pleased that, despite the challenges of Covid-19, the Green Move Out scheme is back for 2020.

What is Green Move Out?

Each year, students have the chance to donate belongings they no longer want to the charity County Durham Furniture Help Scheme (CDFHS).

Items are reused, diverted or sold – reducing the waste going to landfill, and helping a great local charity.

Green Move Out has run for each of the last 15 years and has grown from one College to operate across the University, in Colleges and private accommodation.

Last year, 4,500 bags of donated items were collected, including 27 tonnes of reusable items.

What about Covid-19?

Usually, Green Move Out flyers and special purple donations bags are delivered to Colleges and student homes in the City by CDFHS.

This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and staff being on furlough leave, CDFHS was unable to make the deliveries.

However, student volunteers – along with volunteers from our staff – have stepped in to make the deliveries.

What’s happening and when?

CDFHS staff and volunteers have now begun collecting the filled bags, and collections will continue until late July.

In addition, Durham County Council is providing extra refuse and recycling collections – an initiative to which we’ve made a financial contribution.

The City of Durham Parish Council was also involved in the development of this year’s scheme.

For more information, visit the Green Move Out web page