The University of South Wales (USW) is working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Wales as an ambassador for its national Pack for Good scheme.
BHF funds over £100 million of research each year into heart and circulatory diseases, and the things that cause them. The Pack for Good scheme gives USW students and staff the opportunity to donate unwanted items such as clothes, electricals, books and furniture to BHF collection banks on all campuses.
As students vacate their USW homes, waste management needs to be taken into consideration. USW has ambitious plans to be carbon neutral by 2040, and so the University is constantly looking at how they can sustainably operate and reduce the volume of waste entering landfill every year.
BHF always need unwanted items to help fund life-saving research. They reuse over 71,000 tonnes of donations a year and prevent 135,000 tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere.
USW and BHF Wales have worked in partnership to launch the Pack for Good scheme, which gives students and staff the opportunity to donate unwanted items through collection banks on campus. The donated items, which would otherwise likely have ended up in landfill, will be sold at BHF Wales charity shops, supporting and helping to fund the lifesaving research and work of the charity.
As part of the scheme, USW and BHF Wales will look to support a wide range of student engagement events. These include pop-up shops where new students can buy much-needed items for their time at University.
Tim Reeves, University Account Executive for the British Heart Foundation, said: “The Pack for Good campaign brings in thousands of pounds from universities every year, which goes directly to heart research throughout the country. We are proud to be able to support the University of South Wales in its work in sustainability, as well as providing students with all they need to settle in here. We look forward to developing this relationship further over the coming months.”
Anna Dent, External Engagement Manager at the University of South Wales, added: “We are delighted to get the opportunity to link with such a fantastic scheme, which will benefit both the British Heart Foundation Wales and University of South Wales in so many ways.”