What we have done
The Great Donate scheme aims to reduce the amount of items thrown out at the end of the year in Halls through reuse and recycling.
Working with the Student Union and student volunteers We collect and redistribute kitchenware and other items to students starting University in the following semester.
Working closely with staff from the Trussell Trust (local food bank) and our Accommodation team we provide collection boxes within all of the Halls of Residence kitchen diners at the end of term. We have nearly 3,000 students and over 400 bedrooms across campus and the overall donations amount to 2.5 Tonnes annually, equating to around 7,000 meals to be provided to people in crisis.
We have British Heart Foundation (BHF) donation points at each of the Halls of Residence where students can donate unwanted items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, kitchenware and small electrical items.
100% of the profits raised will go towards the fight against heart disease and fund the BHF’s life-saving research. Since starting to work with the BHF in 2013 donations have
now raised over £100,000.
Keele University schools and Directorates can exchange surplus furniture and other items by placing the items on Warp- it.
Warp-it makes it very easy for staff to give and get surplus items to/from other staff. If items are not required within Keele University then we offer them to our partner charities. Since launching Warp-it in 2017 we’ve saved over £25,000 in procurement and waste disposal costs, saved over 5 Tonnes of waste and 11 Tonnes of CO2e.