Students recycle and raise £75,000

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

BHF News

Students from Oxford Brookes University and The University of Oxford raised up to £75,000 from a recycling campaign held in partnership with the City Council and British Heart Foundation this summer.

The Moving Out campaign, which involves students from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, is now in its third consecutive year and takes place between the months of May and July.

This year, the campaign saw temporary bring banks placed throughout halls of residences, colleges and sites throughout East Oxford, Headington and Jericho. These allowed students and local residents to donate their unwanted textiles, books, CDs, DVDs, games, and other odds and ends.

The campaign was greatly supported by student wardens at both universities who helped promote the initiative alongside the City Council through a series of door knocking exercises, leaflets, posters and social media updates. As a result, a total of 42.95 tonnes of material was donated, raising an incredible £75,166 for The British Heart Foundation.

It’s fantastic to see so many of our students join the fight against heart disease and donate their unwanted items rather than throwing them out. We look forward to continuing with our support of the British Heart Foundation and in helping to raise even more vital funds for their lifesaving research.

Harmohinder Bahl, Accommodation Business Manager

Councillor John Tanner, Board Member for Cleaner Greener Oxford, says: “‘The Moving Out Campaign shows just how much value we can unlock from reusable items that are often disposed as waste. We all have items that we no longer want or need, but it’s likely that they can be reused by someone else. The campaign is therefore a great initiative which helps students to donate their no longer wanted items in order to raise revenue for an excellent cause. We look forward to welcoming the campaign again next year.

Harmohinder Bahl, Accommodation Business Manager at Oxford Brookes, says: “We’re delighted that our partnership with the British Heart Foundation has been so successful. It’s fantastic to see so many of our students join the fight against heart disease and donate their unwanted items rather than throwing them out. We look forward to continuing with our support of the British Heart Foundation and in helping to raise even more vital funds for their lifesaving research.”

During the typical May-July moving out period, there has always been an increase in waste, much of which is in good reusable condition or is recyclable. The Moving Out campaign was launched in order to reduce the amount of waste sent for disposal.

All stock collected from the donation banks was sorted at the Templars Square Cowley store and part of the money raised will go on to fund research into heart disease at The University of Oxford.  

The campaign will see a comeback in 2015 with the hope of raising even more money.