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Students encouraged to take part in big clear-up

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Students in Loughborough are being encouraged to get behind an end-of-term blitz on rubbish on Saturday, June 17.

Charnwood Borough Council and waste management partner, Serco have joined forces with Loughborough University to organise the big clear-up in the student areas of the town, including Kingfisher Way and Storer Road.

This year the Council has also teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to take part in its Pack for Good campaign.

The campaign encourages students to recycle unwanted clothes, books, electrical items and more which are too large to go in their green recycling bin.

Students will be asked to deposit their items in one of four BHF recycling banks which will be located around Loughborough.

They will be there until the end of September, 2017 so anyone can use them. There are also a number of other recycling banks around the borough.

Leaflets and recycling bags will be delivered to student properties in the run up to the Big Clear Up event. Matt Bradford, Head of Cleansing and Open Spaces, said: “As students leave for the summer we do find we have a bit more refuse to collect in certain areas of the town.

“We would encourage students to help us out by taking their recycling to the BHF recycling banks or one of the other recycling banks in the borough.

"We would also ask them to make sure they leave their black and green bins out to be emptied on June 17.”

Jenny Ardley, Community Warden at Loughborough University said: “The University is delighted that students have this opportunity to support the British Heart Foundation.

“Last year our end of year clear out was very successful and the students really rose to the challenge.

“The town was left very clean and tidy. We are aiming to match that effort this year.”

Around 2,000 student properties will be targeted during the event which gives people a chance to get rid of things they don’t want to take home.

The event is held annually and coincides with the end of the academic year.

Items should be placed in the BHF recycling banks or the green and black bins and left outside ready for collection.

If students or landlords have bulky waste to be collected, such as furniture, they should use the Council’s collection service. Simply visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/special_collections

Students should look out for leaflets promoting the event within their area an on social media. For further information, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/recycling or e-mail cleaner.greener@charnwood.gov.uk

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