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Get It Out For Cardiff charity reuse scheme new partnership

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Get It Out For Cardiff, the annual end of term waste/recycling and charity collection, is set to expand with a new partnership bringing re-use banks to student locations across Cardiff.

The YMCA has joined the scheme, and will use the items collected in the re-use banks and money raised from them to put back into projects and services for homeless people. The banks will collect clothes, books, CDs, DVDs, small electrical items, shoes and bags throughout the year. Locations will include Cardiff Students' Union and Cardiff student accommodation for Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan, Victoria Halls and more.

This is in addition to the annual Green Zones where students can donate their unwanted items as they move out at the end of term, including food which goes to FareShare Cymru. Kitchen items will be stored over the summer by Cardiff Self Storage and sold at heavily discounted prices at the start of term with all proceeds going to charity.

Get It Out For Cardiff is a Keep Cardiff Tidy partnership. The re-use campaign is led by the city's Student Liaison Officer, Kieran McCann and Lucy Prisk from waste management. Kieran said: "We are always looking at inventive ways to increase the scope of re-use so I'm delighted the YMCA has come on board with the partnership. This allows us to develop the scheme year round, increase re-use, continue to divert items away from landfill and benefit charities and the local community. This really showcases ongoing partnership commitments to civic pride and dedications to recycling"

Andrew Jenkins, YMCA manager said: "We are thrilled to be involved and come on board with such an innovative scheme. With the funds from donations we will develop more training placements on the YMCA Volunteer Scheme and invest in projects and services for homeless people at the Cardiff YMCA Housing Association. Our sincere thanks to Kieran, Lucy and the team for pulling this together."

Get It Out For Cardiff won the Best Partnership Award in the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) 2011 Award Celebrations. The partnership includes Cardiff Council, Cycle Training Wales, British Heart Foundation (BHF), Salvation Army, Fair Share, Cardiff Students' Union and Cardiff Digs. Last year, over 7.5 tonnes of items were collected - the equivalent of a double decker bus!

Extra waste and recycling collections also form part of the Get It Out For Cardiff campaign. Cathays, Roath and Gabalfa will have extra waste collections on Saturdays on 16th, 23rd and 30th June, so students renting accommodation in these areas will be able to get rid of their stuff as they move out.

More details of the scheme, including maps of re-use bank and Green Zone locations, can be found at Cardiff Digs.

Sources: Cardiff Council, Cardiff Digs

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