Students at the University of St Andrews are involved in an unprecedented recycling
effort to benefit the wider community.
At this time of year some 2000 students are moving out of university residences and private accommodation clearing out literally tonnes of household items.
Collection points have been set up across the university estate where furniture, clothes footwear, books, food, sports equipment and other items have been handed in to be redistributed to good causes.
Among those to benefit from the end of term clear out are the homeless charity Frontline Fife, the Storehouse foodbank in St Andrews which provides food for local families, and children’s charity Barnardo’s.
As well as giving to the local community, this year’s student leavers are also recycling their possessions for next year’s intake.
Through the StAndReUse scheme students are able to hand on crockery, pots, pans, office and other items for redistribution to students arriving for the new academic year in September. Last year more than one tonne of items were given a new lease of life through the scheme including a set of golf clubs and a wedding dress.
Barbara Aitken, environment officer at the University of St Andrews, said: “The traditional end of term clear- out is a huge undertaking requiring careful planning and the involvement of many operational staff however in the same token it also provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to minimise waste, reuse and recycle their unwanted household goods.
“You literally need to see it to believe it. Feedback on the project is very positive and I am extremely proud of our student body and would like to thank them for making such a valuable contribution to both the local community and to their fellow students.”
Pat Mathewson, president University of St Andrews Students’ Association, said: “We are incredibly proud of the continued student leadership in sustainability, and grateful for the opportunity to not only support the local community but the next generation of St Andreans.”
Representatives of Storehouse, Barnado’s and Frontline Fife have expressed their gratitude.
Storehouse manager Jane Saunders said: “The end of term food collection from the halls is a helpful boost to our food supply to sustain us through the summer months. Thank you to all our volunteers, students and others, we couldn’t run Storehouse without their time and effort.”