Finding Homes for Pre-Loved Items:

St AndRe-Use collects and redistributes items within the St Andrews Community.

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In 2013-14 we collected nearly 1000kg of reusable items which were given new homes by over 700 students in St Andrews.

In 2014-15 we collected over 5000kg of items which were distributed to nearly 1000 students!

In 2016 we collected over 1800kg of items which were distributed to roughly 700 students in St Andrews. This number gives some idea of the scale of work but not the value to the people involved so this year we asked everyone attending the big giveaway for their thoughts and was impressed by the results. They valued the goods they picked up as being worth £35 on average making the whole giveaway worth around £25000 based on the 700 people taking part. That’s not bad for a free event!

 

What we do?

Throughout the year St AndReuse run drop-offs at various points on campus.We then redistribute these items for free at The Big Giveaway in Freshers’ week and ‘The Slightly Smaller Giveaway’ at the start of Semester 2.

The major collections usually occur at the end of each term in Halls of Residences and one or two other University locations. Look out for information on the St AndRe-Use facebook group for details. If you would like to donate an item before that date, why not try our St AndReUse Facebook Page.

What do we collect?

We are happy to collect the following:

  • all kitchenware items (pans, glassware, cutlery, crockery).
  • smaller household goods (mirrors, storage boxes, coathangers)
  • small working electrical items (blenders, hairdryers, kettles)
  • stationery (ringbinders, holepunches, staplers, working pens, paper)
  • Books and Media (CDS, DVDS, games)
  • Miscelleanous goods (in the past these have included tents, a kayak paddle, champagne coolers, bicycle pumps and the two cuties below).

If you have any of these items that you’d like to get rid of then we strongly suggest you check out the University’s recycling pages. Alternatively you may chose to try selling your unwanted items for local currency on Saint Exchange or for cash through  The St Andrews Flea Market.

We all find it easier to re-home quality items so we also offer advice on how best to maintain your items. You can check out hints and tips on our Pinterest page or by looking out for blogposts on this site.

For those not in halls you can get a collection of stuff by our partners at StAndEN. Just register or contact them here

How can I get involved?

We are always looking for volunteers to assist with the end of term collections, promoting the project, maintaining the Facebook page and generally encouraging re-use.
Join the student society – Re-Use/Re-Cycle Soc – where you can join as a member and help out with this wonderful project!
If you are interested in being a volunteer or would like to find out more about the society please contact Ali at transition@st-andrews.ac.uk