Going green

Moving out? Don’t bin it, recycle it.

Whether you’re just packing up for the summer or moving on for good from university, there’s some great ways that you can recycle your unwanted things rather than throwing them away.

With the end of term right around the corner it’s almost time to start thinking about packing away your stuff. Whether it’s just for the summer or you’re leaving university for good, you may find you there are some things you don’t want to keep. But rather than throwing it away, why not give it away?

Did you know that up to 60% of what ends up in the bin could be recycled?

Donate to charity

Whether you live in student halls or off campus, there are charities across Portsmouth which will take donations of unwanted clothes, furniture, household goods etc. Certain charities will even organise to collect donations right from your doorstep.

Donating food

If you open your cupboards and notice that you still have unopened, non perishable food that you won’t be taking with you to your next home, you can recycle these too! Take them to the nearest Portsmouth food bank donation points. You can often also donate unused toiletries like deodorant or toothpaste to the foodbank.

Old textbooks

Have you ever wondered what to do with those textbooks you don’t want anymore? You can sell them on our second hand text book facebook group - just list your items, choose how much you’d like to sell them for and liaise directly with other students. Or you can always donate your unwanted textbooks to a local library, just give them a call to find out more.

Anything else?

If there’s something you want to get rid of but isn’t suitable to be donated don’t forget there are many ways to donate different items. Find out more about how to recycle everything from aerosols to wrapping paper here.

An easy way to check that you’re recycling the right things into your green bin can be found on the Portsmouth City Council website.

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