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Free Shop Thank You

Volunteers from the Free Shop

We are sending out a massive THANK YOU to all our students who donated unwanted items to the reuse scheme as you moved out of your on campus accommodation. You have helped to significantly reduce waste going to landfill and are supporting local charities and new students with your donations.

An incredibly efficient team of student-staff sorted through, cleaned items and organised the crates over a couple of days.

  • 13 crates of food were donated to FareShare who will distribute this food to over 90 local charities and community projects across Sussex

  • 11 crates of food were donated to The Real Junk Food Project Brighton who aim to intercept food waste and cook it into meals for those who need it, on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis

  • 2 crates of towels, toiletries and cleaning products were donated to First Base, a day centre for those who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in the city

  • 15 crates were donated between the British Heart Foundation and Marie Curie

  • 130 crates are being stored ready for our Free Shop in Fresher’s Week where students will be able to have a rummage and pick up some items for free, including kitchen equipment, clothing, books and fancy dress essentials

  • The Union bars were happy to claim some of their glasses back!

Sarah Gibbons, outgoing Society and Citizenship Officer, said: "The Free Shop is a great initiative that not only saves hundreds of unwanted items from going to landfill but provides students with great, free things, saving them hundreds of pounds kitting out their homes."

Thank you to anyone who also put clothing and electrical items into the British Heart Foundation banks which were placed across campus. The collection of items is organised in collaboration with Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF) so thank you to their department, and particularly the porters who shifted all the crates to, and around Falmer House.

If you are moving out of on or off campus accommodation over the next couple of months, try and see where you can donate your unwanted items. Many local charity shops will  be delighted with your unwanted items and often need more stock for their shops. Mobile apps such as Olio, and websites such as campusboard and FreeCycle are also good initiatives helping you to avoid wasting items and food.

The Students’ Union’s permanent Free Shop (Falmer House, outside Meeting Room 1) will also still be accessible over the summer where your items can be donated for other students to take for free.

The Fresher’s Free Shop will be open September 16th - 18th in the Debating Chamber of Falmer House.

 

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