Moving out of halls? Donate your unwanted items

Moving out? Don’t bin your unwanted items, donate them!

Wouldn’t it be good if all that stuff you didn’t need at the end of the year ended up helping someone else? If you could just leave it all in your hall, and it could find its way to people who could really do with it?

The good news is you can, it’s really easy, and it’s exactly what we’d love you to do!

Every summer thousands of students move out and leave things which could be used by people moving in, or which charities would be really happy to get hold of.

We’ve set up a hassle-free scheme so that anyone who lives at Heriot-Watt can pass their unwanted items on when they leave. More details are below.

We’ve set up a hassle-free scheme so that anyone who lives at Heriot-Watt can pass their unwanted items on when they leave

Kitchenware

What can you donate?

Any kitchen and dining ware (crockery, cutlery, utensils etc) from your knife and fork to your rice cooker. Our only request is that items are clean and not broken.

Where’s the nearest collection point?

Your hall – just look for the signs! Alternatively, you can take things to the Chaplaincy – maybe if you go to the Chaplaincy’s free dinner on Wednesday evening you could bring some clean kitchenware and leave it in their collection room?

Who gets my stuff?

Next year’s students at Heriot-Watt. If you remember the amount of money you spent when you first moved in, you’ll see what a favour you’ll be doing someone by donating your unwanted stuff.

Clothes, books etc

What can you donate?

Good quality clothes, books, CDs, DVDs or bed sheets.

What can’t you donate?

We can’t accept duvets or pillows (for hygiene reasons).

Where’s the nearest collection point?

Your hall! You’ll find British Heart Foundation bags in your room or lounge, and all you need to do is to put your unwanted items in them. There’s a collection point in your hall where you can leave the bags. Alternatively, you can use the big red British Heart Foundation skip outside your hall.

Who gets my stuff?

The British Heart Foundation – find out more about this excellent cause.

Food

What can you donate?

Non-perishable food (rice, pasta, lentils etc) and unopened tins, cans and jars. You can also donate certain fruit and vegetables, if they’re still in a good state.

What can’t you donate?

Frozen food, meat, dairy, seafood, any drinks that have been opened, mouldy bread, slimy fruit and veg – you get the idea, but if in doubt please contact Transition Heriot-Watt.

Where’s the nearest collection point?

Each hall has a collection point where you can bring your unwanted food. Alternatively, you can always take it to Transition Heriot Watt’s cottage.

Who gets my stuff?

Two great causes – Broomhouse Food Bank and The Real Junk Food Project.

Electrical items

What can you donate?

Working electrical items, from USB cables and hairdryers to hand-blenders and kitchen scales.

What can’t you donate?

Anything that doesn’t work!

Where’s the nearest collection point?

Every hall has a collection point where you can bring your unwanted electrical appliances. Alternatively, you can always take them to Transition Heriot-Watt’s cottage.

Who gets my stuff?

Next year’s students at Heriot-Watt.

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