Big Green Clean

Departing soon? You could help out another student, the local community and the British Heart Foundation by taking part in the Big Green Clean!

What is it?

The Big Green Clean is a collaborative project run by YUSU, Colleges, the University and the British Heart Foundation to help you get rid of your unwanted stuff as you move out at the end of term.

We will take your clean and reusable items and recycle them to the local community providing a new life to your unwanted items. This means that less will go to waste, you will be helping out next year’s Freshers and raising money for charity!

What do I have to do?

It’s simple, fill your crate with any unwanted items, as listed below, and your job is done! Please remember to only donate CLEAN and REUSABLE items.

There will be a crates located in your college, find your nearest drop off point from the list below:

Alcuin: College Reception

Constantine: Refuse and Recycling Store H House 1

Derwent: College Reception

Goodricke: Outside Post Room

Halifax: JJ’s Foyer

James: Under the canopy outside the old Provost House (James Lodge)

Langwith: Central Building


Warren Ground Floor Toilet,

Fairfax House Laundry Room (FX/032),

Higginston House Laundry Room (VBA/W/004),

James Nucleus Laundry Room (G/N037)

Wentworth: W/N/035F (From the 30th August Only)

Donation crates will be placed in the specified college locations from Summer Week 5 (Monday 15th May)

What can I donate?

You can donate the following items as long as they are considered CLEAN and REUSABLE

  • CLEAN Pots and Pans

  • CLEAN Crockery & Plates

  • CLEAN Mugs and Glassware

  • Electrical Appliances

What can I do with the stuff I can’t donate to the Big Green Clean but no longer want?

You are still able to make a difference even if your unwanted items aren’t a part of the college collections:

The British Heart Foundation will take unwanted CLOTHES, CD’s, DVD’s, BOOKS, ACCESSORIES and more. Donation bags will be available in your departure packs and there are many steel donation points located on campus and in each college, so once you have filled it up, drop it off at your nearest donation bank, there is a donation bank in each college.

Leave any unwanted KNIVES or SHARP UTENSILS in your kitchen drawer and they will be disposed of correctly and safely after you leave. DO NOT place them in general waste bins/bags.

Recycle where possible. Fill the clear bin bags provided with mixed recycling and place it in you nearest recycling bin. If you live off campus, don’t forget to check your local bin collection days at

If you can’t recycle or donate anything make sure you use your general waste bins. If these bins are full there will be skips located on campus which you can use.

Unfortunately we can’t collect:


Please place these in the skips provided in your college.

Please bring any UNOPENED, NON-PERISHABLE FOOD to YUSU where this will be donated to the local community in need.

I don’t live on campus, where can I donate my stuff?

While it would be ideal for you to donate your items to the Big Green Clean, sadly it won’t be possible for you to bring your unwanted items onto campus due to waste disposal laws.

York is lucky to have many recycling and charity collection bins that are dotted all over the city, wherever you may live there will be somewhere where you can donate your stuff. Check out the Recycle Now page on Local Recycling to see what you can recycle where.

Remember, if you leave anything in your property you may get fined by your landlord. Make sure you get your full deposit back by disposing of your unwanted items correctly. For more information on disposing stuff you don’t want then have a look at all the options provided by the council here.

There are many other charities and organisations in York who may be willing to take your items, while we sadly cannot provide a drop off point or transportation, some organisations that may be willing to take your unwanted items include, but are not limited to, York Community Furniture Store (bulky furniture), Food Not Bombs (opened perishables), St Nicks and more.

I have a longer lease and I will still live on campus over the Summer, can I still get rid of my stuff when I leave?

Yes! We are offering 2 collections; one at the end of the Summer term and the second just before the new Autumn term begins in Wentworth College. That means if you are staying on campus over the Summer you can still donate any unwanted items from the 30th August at Wentworth College.

What will happen to the stuff I donate?

Once you have placed your unwanted items in your crate, these will then be collected and stored by the British Heart Foundation for the Summer until September where they will then be brought back onto campus and sold as part of a pop up shop ran by the British Heart Foundation.

Any perishable food will be donated to a local food bank, and any books and electrical items will be further donated to good causes.

When will the British Heart Foundation pop-up shop be?

There will be two pop up shops! One during the Post Graduate GSA Welcome Week and the other during Week 1 Autumn term. These will be lead by the British Heart Foundation where you can purchase any items for a small charitable donation. Watch this space for the confirmed dates and times!

How else can I get involved in the Big Green Clean?

There is more ways in which you can get involved in this project. If you would like to get involved then email [email protected]. We are offering any volunteers who play an active part in the Big Green Clean the opportunity to receive a free CPR Training course on behalf of the British Heart Foundation.