Charities we support

Our waste contractor Paper Round has a charity partnership with Springboard for Children.

Springboard exists because every year in the UK, one in five children leaves primary school without reaching the expected levels of literacy. This means that approximately 1.62 million children in English schools can’t access the school curriculum because they aren’t reading well enough.

Now, for every ten working PCs or laptops we send for recycling, Paper Round will donate the value of one tutoring session for a child at risk of illiteracy.

Springboard provides one-to-one support to improve reading and writing for children who are in danger of being left behind in the education system. They only work one-to-one with children and always work in partnership with schools. They believe every child has the right to a fair chance of future success.

Our waste contractor Paper Round is working with award-winning food charity, FareShare, which fights food waste and makes food more accessible for those who need it.

Each year a staggering three million tonnes of food is dumped by the food retail industry. FareShare distributes surplus food from supermarkets and producers to a network of homeless centres, hostels and soup kitchens around the country. Paper Round donates 25p per food waste bin collected from London Met to FareShare, which pays for one meal for one vulnerable person.

The Book Rescuers has been providing book disposal and recycling services to our libraries since 2013.

This book disposal service is free of charge and we reduce our environmental impact by recycling and diverting hundreds of thousands of books from landfills by using The Book Rescuers charity.

Also some books that are out-of-date, or no longer relevant to the University curriculum, are sold online so they can enjoy a new lease of life and the money raised by the charity is used by Library Services to invest in the purchase of new books for London Met students. The Book Rescuers also works with The African Children’s Education Trust (A-CET). 

TRAID is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away.

TRAID turns clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of clothes. It is a circular and sustainable approach to the problems of clothes waste tackling disposal, production and consumption.

Our clothes collection points at the university are:

Aldgate Library (Ground floor)
Learning Centre (Ground floor)
Students' Union (Harglenis)
Tower Building (The Junction)

The European Recycling Platform has been used in the University since 2010. 

Most types of batteries contain toxic heavy metals, including nickel, cadmium and mercury. All of these metals can be recovered and re-used. Recycling batteries is good for the environment as it keeps them out of the landfill, where heavy metals may leak into the ground, causing soil and water pollution and endangering animal and plant life. If batteries are incinerated with household waste, the heavy metals inside them cause air pollution.

Our battery recycling points at the University are: 

The Science Centre (Ground floor and SC2-15)

Aldgate Library (Ground floor)

The Learning Centre (Ground floor near Costa Coffee)

School of Social Sciences (Red zone)

Careers Office (TM1-33)

Estates Department (T2-04)

Room TM1-89 (next to The Junction cafe)

Room TSG-03 (near Highbury Canteen)

Every bottle of Life Water purchased in our cafés, donated funds go towards clean water projects across the globe, through their partner charity drop4drop. Life Water bottles are 100% recyclable and bisphenol A (BPA) free.

Islington Foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area. In our sustainability events we support local Islington Foodbank by donating event proceeds to the charity. 

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