Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University and University of South Wales have helped to divert 220 kilos of waste from landfill by organising an event for students to sell and swap their unwanted items.
'Take My Junk' was held on June 12th at The Woodville in Cathays and was aimed at reducing the amount of unwanted items left on the streets of Cardiff after students leave for the summer break.
The event was held in conjunction with the City of Cardiff Council's 'Get it Out for Cardiff' campaign which was set up to ensure that moving out at the end of term is stress free and leaves the local communities clean and tidy.
Organised by the Universities' entrepreneurship departments, the event also helped students to develop entrepreneurial skills including pricing, negotiation and selling. Any profit made on the day was kept by the students and any unsold items were collected by the City of Cardiff Council to be donated to charity.
Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University and University of South Wales work collaboratively on a number of key events aimed at instilling entrepreneurial skills in students and graduates. The collaborative hub is funded by the Welsh Government under the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy.
Emma Robson, Cardiff's Student Liaison Officer who works in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University and University of South Wales, commented: "We are always looking at inventive ways to increase the scope of the 'Get It Out for Cardiff' re-use campaign so I'm delighted that the University entrepreneurial departments have come together to maximize opportunities for re-use. Events such as "Take My Junk" encourage students to recycle more of their unwanted re-usable items, instead of disposing them as waste. This type of partnership working is invaluable for the community as a whole, not least for the environment. This really showcases ongoing partnership commitments to civic pride and dedications to recycling."
Following the success of this year's event the Universities' entrepreneurship departments are now in discussions on running another 'Take My Junk' event next year.
Notes for editors
Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University and University of South Wales work collaboratively on key events throughout the academic year under the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy Higher Educational South East Wales Hub which is funded by the Welsh Government.
More information on the 'Get it Out for Cardiff' campaign can be found at http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/