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University students across the UK are being called upon to recycle their unwanted items thanks to a partnership between university accommodation provider Campus Living Villages and Salvation Army Trading Company.

Instead of discarding their clothes, shoes, pots and pans, Campus Living Villages will be organising collections of donated items to help students recycle and raise money for The Salvation Army’s work with vulnerable people in Britain’s communities.

Salvation Army Trading Company is working with Campus Living Villages across 17 of its university accommodation sites. The charity is issuing textile donation banks to each site, providing a permanent facility for students to donate clothes, shoes and other textile items they no longer want. Campus Living Villages will run a number of collection days where students will also be able to donate items like kitchen utensils and electrical goods, which will be sold in Salvation Army charity shops.

Catherine Inglis, Sales Manager for Salvation Army Trading Company said: “This is a fantastic partnership for us. Students often have multiple toasters, kettles, microwaves and utensils in their halls of residences – many of which are never used. In many cases these items will get thrown away when students move out of halls. We can make sure unwanted items don’t end up in landfill. Instead we will recycle them for re-use, while raising money for a great cause at the same time.”

Alex Mayes, Corporate Responsibilities and Communities Manager at Campus Living Villages said: “We are always looking for ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment and support local and national charities. With this partnership we achieve both - support students to recycle unwanted goods more effectively and support a highly regarded national charity.”

To make it as easy as possible, Salvation Army Trading Company will be providing two different sorts of bags for the students; one for textiles and shoes, and one for household items. 

For further information about Campus Living Villages, visit www.mystudentvillage.com