Stop­ping stu­dents’ cast-offs go­ing straight to land­fill

‘The stuff we have found left is mind bog­gling; so much more could be achieved with an of­fi­cial well-pub­li­cised scheme. This isn’t rocket sci­ence’

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Royal Recognition - By Jodie Nes­ling jnes­ling@thek­m­ @jo­di­enes­ling

Cam­paign­ers have launched a pe­ti­tion to try and stop a “mind bog­gling” amount of goods left by stu­dents from en­ter­ing land­fill.

Can­ter­bury Green Team says tonnes of us­able elec­tri­cal items, crock­ery and clothes could be used by char­i­ties or even by ‘free shops’ lo­cated at Kent uni­ver­si­ties.

Diane Hunt and Mark Warner, founders of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which wants to in­tro­duce a goods waste preven­tion scheme, say some items are still sealed in their pack­ag­ing.

When stu­dents leave their ac­com­mo­da­tion in halls of res­i­dence, any be­long­ings that are left be­hind have to be thrown out, so the team ri­fles through the bins to sal­vage per­fectly good items be­fore go­ing on to dis­trib­ute from their Hale Road garages.

Diane said: “The stuff we have found left is mind bog­gling; so much more could be achieved with an of­fi­cial well-pub­li­cised scheme that doesn’t re­quire go­ing through con­tam­i­nated rub­bish to re­cy­cle un­wanted stuff.

“There are al­ready numer­ous schemes op­er­at­ing both na­tion­ally and glob­ally. This is not rocket sci­ence. This can be done.”

The duo have the sup­port of the stu­dents, with many us­ing their pop-up free shops over the sum­mer.

She added: “Most of this stuff is ideal for the fol­low­ing year’s stu­dents and we think that these items should be made avail­able all year round in cam­pus free shops.

“We have found so much great stuff – one stu­dent even got to use a lacrosse stick and we have even saved old univer­sity mas­cots from go­ing to land­fill.”

The pe­ti­tion has 596 sig­na­tures so far and it is hoped this will gen­er­ate a dis­cus­sion with coun­cils, ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions and char­i­ties.

The city coun­cil sup­ports the ini­tia­tive. Spokesman Rob Davies said: “This an in­ter­est­ing idea and one we are keen to pur­sue, work­ing with the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, char­i­ties and other in­ter­ested or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“We have al­ready had dis­cus­sions with the Green Team about how it could work, and more are planned in the new year.”


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