Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Moving Out Sustainably

Donation Drive 

Join the Donation Drive by dropping your unwanted items at Donation Stations around campus before you leave. Donation Stations will be popping up in Residences and at the SU, making it easy for you to declutter and donate any unwanted belongings before you move out.

Volunteering Opportunities

There are lots of ways that you can get involved with the Donation Drive and End of Year Collections. We need help sorting and tracking donations and support with the final clearance of residences. Visit our Volunteering Opportunities page to find out more about the roles and sign up!

Our Impact

Donation Drives

Collections from our Food DrivesLink opens in a new window are donated to our local food bank. With the help of the Warwick Volunteers.Link opens in a new window we collected 125 kilograms of non-perishable food at the end of Spring Term in 2024, which was donated to the Trussell Trust's Coventry branch.

Since 2014 student items have been collected for donation to charities at the end of the academic year. It all started with a student project called RAWKUS, which became a joint project with the Energy and Sustainability Team in 2019. Since then, more than 5 tonnes of food has been donated to food banks and over 30 tonnes of kitchenware to local charities. We have also raised over £5,000 to help our local community.

British Heart Foundation #PackForGood Partnership

In 2023 alone, our community donated 2,211 bags of preloved items with a value of over £30,000 to help lifesaving research. This has diverted 17.7 tonnes of items from waste streams, which is the equivalent to 3.2 African elephants! You can find British Heart Foundation donation pointsLink opens in a new window scattered around campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Donation Drive?

A project to reduce the environmental impact of move out by making it easier for students to donate unwanted items before they leave campus. By dropping your items to one of the Donation Stations around campus you will prevent waste, reduce your carbon footprint and support local charities. This project is run by the Energy & Sustainability Team with support from Warwick Accommodation, Waste & Recycling, Post & Portering and Warwick Volunteers.

Where and when can I donate?

There will be Donation Stations popping up on campus, located in block lobbies, Cryfield Village Hall, at the SU and outside at Sherbourne Residence Hub and Westwood. Please make your donations as early as possible!

The big red British Heart Foundation banks are available 24/7 all year round.

What can I donate?

Check out our guide HERE!

What if I live off campus?

If you live off campus and have personal belongings that you no longer want or need, visit our Moving Out of Off Campus Accommodation guide here.

Why do we need to reduce waste?

Waste has a very negative impact on the environment, whether it’s food in landfill causing methane (a very potent greenhouse gas), plastics and chemicals polluting the environment, precious resources being lost or even the carbon emissions from recycling. By keeping things in use, sharing, upcycling, swapping and refurbishing we can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the everyday things that we use as well as helping others. It’s particularly important for you to donate things at the end of the academic year, because with so many students moving out at once, there is a significant increase in waste. This sudden increase can overwhelm the system and even items that would normally be recycled end up in landfill, which is a disaster for the environment.

Which charities does the Donation Drive support?