December Foodbank Collections at Manchester Met

From 1st – 23rd December, you can help the local Manchester Central Foodbank by donating non-perishable food and toiletries to the collection point in All Saints Library reception.

1 in 5 of the UK population live below the poverty line. Your donations will be used to help local people in need over the Christmas period.

Where can I donate?

Staff and students in Manchester can donate at All Saints Library reception.


What can I donate?

You can donate any unopened and non-perishable items, but the foodbank really need:

  • Whole Milk (UHT)
  • Long Life Fruit Juice (long life carton)
  • Tinned Rice Pudding
  • Instant Coffee
  • Tinned Meat
  • Tinned Fish
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Jam
  • Biscuits
  • Basic Toiletries (especially woman’s sanitary products, shampoo, shower gel, baby wipes, and nappies)

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Manchester Central Foodbank

Manchester Central Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks across the UK. You can find about more about the Foodbank and their great work here.


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December Foodbank Collections at Manchester Met


Our final swap of 2016 will be taking place on Wednesday 30th November from 3 – 5pm in Geoffrey Manton.

Pop Swap is a pop-up clothing and book swap held termly on Manchester Metropolitan University’s campus run by the Environment Team in collaboration with our Student Sustainability Ambassadors. Open to all we have been celebrating second-hand, promoting zero waste and discouraging buying new since 2013. We also support local charities through donations ensuring nothing leftover is wasted or thrown away.

In addition to the swap, we will also be collecting items for Manchester’s homeless community supporting Mad Dog Street Project’s sock drive. If you can donate, please bring only any clean socks, hats, gloves and underwear and we will pass these on to be distributed over the winter months.

Bring any clean, intact, unloved items of clothing, shoes, accessories and books (up to 15) and receive tokens to exchange for new (well new to you). Swapping will begin at 3pm; items can be exchanged for tokens from 2pm.

Leftover items will be donated to support local charities included Goodstock on Oxford Road.

More information about our swap and how you can get involved can be found

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MANCHESTER Metropolitan has once again been ranked top 3 in the University League based on ethical and environmental performance.

The University is third out of all UK universities in the People and Planet 2016 table,published in The Guardian.


This means that Manchester Metropolitan has maintained a top three position since 2013, testament to its continued drive to embed sustainability across the University.

The People and Planet University League is the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities that ranks institutions by environmental and ethical performance.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Malcolm Press said: “We are delighted to have once again maintained our position in the top tier of UK universities for commitment to sustainability and the green agenda.

“The People and Planet University League ranking is a wonderful affirmation of the hard work that goes into ensuring that we embed sustainability across everything we do at Manchester Metropolitan: from LED lighting to University-wide recycling; self-cleaning glass to combined heat and power networks in our buildings. Our position shows that the University continues to grow its delivery and breadth to be a top performer in this field.

“We also encourage our students to think globally and to tackle the major environmental issues that the world currently faces across the breadth of our courses.”

From humble beginnings

In 2007, success in environmental sustainability and ethical performance was low at Manchester Metropolitan. The University was 91st in the People and Planet University League, formerly known as the Green League.

By 2013, it was ranked 1st.

Since the appointment of an Environmental Manager, the University has become a leading and award-winning sustainable institution, its policies reflecting the wishes of its students. Now, 42% of waste is reused or recycled and the total carbon emissions has been cut by 23% since 2005, helping towards a 50% reduction target set for 2020. New schemes such as Give It, Don’t Bin It help students to donate leftover food, clothing or books when they move out of student accommodation.

In 2013, the University achieved international recognition in the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges’ Green Gown Awards, picking up the Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change for Sustainability award, and has just been placed second for Sustainability Reporting in the 2016 awards. Manchester Metropolitan was ranked the number one university for ethical and environmental performance in 2013 and has retained a top three position in the People and Planet University League for four consecutive years. It is also the first UK university to achieve the International Environmental Management System ISO14001:2015.

Dr John Hindley, Assistant Director, Estates Management and Sustainability, said: “Sustaining this level of performance, in a highly competitive sector for awards and accolades in sustainability, is fantastic news for Manchester Metropolitan University.

“Our result, which benchmarks sustainability performance across many themes, shows that we continue to grow our reputation as a leading sustainable University. I am very proud to be a part of this success, which is achieved with the help of colleagues and a supportive University leadership.”

About People and Planet

After a sector-wide review of the University League, some key changes were made to the way universities were audited this year. Universities were ranked based on information publically displayed on their corporate websites and from information published within the Higher Education Statistics Agency Estates Management Record (EMR) data set.

People and Planet audited and assessed a wide range of information including policy and procedures, workers’ rights and ethical investment, sustainability education and engagement, carbon management, waste and recycling, energy sources, and carbon and water reduction.

The University was assessed as 100% in Environmental Policy, Sustainability Staff, Auditing and Environmental Management Systems, and Education.

Hannah Smith, People and Planet Co-director Research and Campaigns, said: “Manchester Metropolitan University has once again retained its top three status in the People and Planet University League, an achievement to celebrate proudly.

“The sustainable development we urgently need provides an opportunity for culture shift, one that takes a long-term view – Manchester Metropolitan has laid a foundation for sustainability with robust strategy, transparency and a well-resourced team. This enables them to meet impressive targets in waste reduction or campus carbon management.

“By then bringing an understanding of environmental sustainability into the curriculum, Manchester Metropolitan is meeting the call for a university that enables our students and future communities to meet climate and social justice issues, with solutions.”

How we fared

See how Manchester Metropolitan fared and take a look at the People and Planet league table here.


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Ideas into Action, Action into Impact

Last year when we launched our Ideas into Action programme, we asked you how we could be a more sustainable university. You replied to us with a whole host of ideas, from urban farming to green exercises. Since then, we have been working with colleagues to develop four ideas into real life projects that will make a big impact on campus.

You can find out more about each project and the progress to date below:

TetraBin – encouraging positive recycling behaviours through gamification

Working with developers at the University of Sydney, we are working on an interactive waste & recycling bin. Together we are developing two LED panels that would be fitted to our existing external bins. Using sensors, users can activate the panel by disposing of their rubbish within the correct opening enabling a game to be played or rewarding them with positive messages. These will be open source and can be reprogrammed by students in the future to display messages or alternative games, creating further opportunities for engagement.

Bats & Owl Boxes – enhancing biodiversity on campus

An idea suggested to provide homes for wildlife already prevalent on our campus. Working with interested parties, including the university’s Biodiversity Management Group, we have located areas to install bat and owl boxes on our Cheshire Campus, having identified Tawny Owls. We have also worked closely with the South Lancashire Bat Group to engage others in our project, with the group leading on a talk and bat walk for staff, students and local community members. Our next step is to install the boxes and monitor them. We are also investigating live streaming, using wireless cameras so we gain an insight into wildlife on our campus.

Vinyl Banners – reducing waste to landfill

This project was developed to find a practical use for waste vinyl banners. Collaborating with a local sustainable fashion collective, Stitched Up, we created useable products in the form of bags and wallets. A display of these will be in the All Saints Sir Kenneth Green Library foyer during December and then will be available to purchase on the MMU Online Shop. We hope to develop this project to look at further options for repurposing the university’s waste.

Cheshire Greenhouse – increasing space for growing food on campus

A project to support the restoration of the Greenhouse to be utilised by the student Sustainability & Growth Society in Crewe. The Greenhouse is used for growing produce, as well as activities to engage other staff and students in food growing. Recently, work has been undertaken to replace rotting beams, and we are now looking to fully insulate the greenhouse for use over the winter months. We will also be looking to install innovative growing technologies.

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Coffee cup bins offer a paper cup recycling solution

Manchester Met are to be part of a new social experiment which will see coffee cups recycled into new products for the first time

 Manchester is set to be flocked with giant coffee cup bins as environment charity Hubbub teams up with coffee cup retailers and designers to reduce paper cup waste and save 20,000 cups from going to landfill by recycling them into useful new products.

The campaign #1MoreShot kicks off the social experiment, calling on the people of Manchester to recycle their coffee cups. It is the first high street recycling scheme of its kind in the UK, which started in October. Over three months, a number of bins in the shape of giant coffee cups are to be been placed up and down one of Manchester’s busiest streets, Oxford Road and will include Manchester Met’s Manchester Campus from early November. The bins are intended to collect paper cups only, which will then be recycled.

Every year 2.5 billion ‘paper’ coffee cups are being thrown away in the UK, and it’s estimated that less than 1% are actually recycled. This new initiative will test a new way of reducing paper cup waste. The 20,000 cups collected will create 15,000 plastic flowerpot holders that will be used in community gardens around the city. Hubbub have partnered with Groundwork, Manchester City Council and Manchester Metropolitan University along with coffee retailers to redistribute the recycled products to benefit the local community and the environment.

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On average 272,602 disposable paper cups are used every day in Manchester. Recent research shows that 81% of people in the North West say that seeing litter on the streets in their local area makes them feel angry and frustrated.

Every year, it costs Manchester City Council £7.5 million to deal with litter, fly-tipping and street cleaning, which equates to £14 per person.

The #1MoreShot campaign will run from October-December 2016. If the experiment is a success a number of local authorities have put their names forward to expand the scheme, which would mean that the giant bins will have been the catalyst for a new way to recycle.

Watch out for the giant coffee cup bins coming to Manchester Campus soon.

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