Manchester’s Give It Don’t Bin It campaign, has won the Association of University Directors of Estates’ (AUDE) Reaching Higher award.
The campaign was initiated and led by teams from the city’s Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester. This award celebrates a member of staff, team or campaign, working in estates or facilities management, that is going above and beyond expectation and truly driving positive change in their field.
Each year the awards celebrate and highlight the achievements of universities and best practice in the industry. Also included are those who lead the way in estate and facilities management.
The Give It Don’t Bin It (GIDBI) campaign has grown from small beginnings in 2008 to become the UK’s most successful student re-use campaign. At the end of term time, students are urged to donate unwanted items for re-use or re-sale.
With a residential student population of more than 70,000 the city was dealing with a considerable problem with abandoned items. Instead of being thrown away, these items were donated to charities and waste items were recycled.
From those early beginnings the campaign has grown every year, and it now runs in a network that covers the whole of the universities’ footprint across the city.
The campaign’s main charity partner The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has now raised more than £1m from goods donated as part of the campaign.
The campaign runs as a real collaborative partnership of organisations including Manchester City Council and Manchester Student Homes.