Durham University students are helping the environment before they head home for the summer, and supporting local charities in the process.
The Green Move Out scheme enables students departing from Durham City and Queen’s Campus, Stockton to donate unwanted items to local charities, by leaving them in marked bags for collection.
Since its launch in 2005, students have donated more than 126 tonnes of re-usable items worth more than £14,000 for local charities, and 2,650 Green Move Out bags were collected from students residing in colleges in 2017 alone.
Students living in University or private accommodation (including Purpose Built Student Accommodation) are encouraged to ‘Leave Durham Tidy’, by donating clothes, shoes, bedding, electrical items, pots and pans, crockery, books and non-perishable food for reuse.
Owen Adams, Durham University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), said: “Durham University is committed to reducing its environmental impact and every year our students take full advantage of the Green Move Out scheme.
“It’s a brilliantly simple and effective way of raising awareness, reducing waste and encouraging reuse. We’re also delighted that our local community partners can benefit from the items donated.”
The Green Move Out scheme is a partnership project involving Durham University, Durham County Council, Durham Constabulary and the County Durham Furniture Help Scheme (CDFHS).
Other local charitable organisations that benefit as part of the scheme include the Durham Palestine Educational Trust, East Durham Trust and A Way Out.
Representatives of Durham County Council and CDFHS have delivered easily-identifiable purple collection bags and leaflets to those moving out.
Council Officers have also visited student properties to encourage students to donate items and dispose of their waste correctly. The Council has also provided extra refuse and recycling collections and street cleaning across the city.
Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “Every summer thousands of students move out of, or between, properties in Durham City and we want to ensure that as much as possible is reused and recycled.
“Green Move Out is a very positive initiative which will help to ensure that happens and that waste is kept to a minimum.”
To further incentivise student participation, University Colleges are challenged with diverting as much waste as possible. Stephenson College achieved recognition for collecting the greatest number of bags of donated items at the Green Move Out Awards 2017.
The scheme’s overall environmental credentials were recognised last year when it was shortlisted as a Finalist in the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Green Gown Awards 2017.
Steven Mitton, Chief Executive Officer, County Durham Furniture Help Scheme (CDFHS), said: “Green Move Out benefits the City and its residents by helping to keep the streets clean and ensure that perfectly re-usable goods find a good home.
“Our team will be happy to collect any donations which are placed outside properties in the scheme’s distinctive purple bags.”
Residents can also arrange to have larger or bulky items collected free of charge by contacting CDFHS on 01388 721509.
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