Everything but the kitchen sink?

Campus Living Village’s partnership with the Salvation Army

Last June saw the launch of Campus Living Village’s partnership with the Salvation Army Trading Company to offer their residents the opportunity to give back to their local communities by donating unwanted goods.

Instead of discarding their clothes, shoes, pots and pans, the company organised for collections of donated items to help students recycle and raise money for The Salvation Army’s work with vulnerable people in Britain’s communities.

Working together across all 17 student accommodation sites, the charity issued textile donation banks, providing a permanent facility for students to donate clothes, shoes and other textile items they no longer want. They will also run a number of collection days where students will also be able to donate items such as kitchen utensils and electrical goods, which will be sold in Salvation Army charity shops.

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.”

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.” 

To make it as easy as possible for residents, 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. The charity also offers the opportunity to measure the impact of initiatives such as this and results on exactly how the residents’ donations have helped will be released soon.


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