Students in Loughborough are being urged to get behind an end-of-term blitz on waste on Saturday, June 30.
Charnwood Borough Council and waste management partner, Serco have joined forces with Loughborough University to organise the big clear-up in student areas of the town including Kingfisher Way and Storer Road.
The event is part of their joint #THINK initiative, which encourages students to #THINK Community, #THINK Bins and #THINK Safe during their time at university.
The Council has also teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for a second year, to join its Pack for Good campaign.
The campaign encourages students to recycle unwanted clothes, books, electrical items and more at BHF recycling banks. The items are then sold in BHF shops, to raise money for the charity.
In June 2017, four BHF recycling banks were placed in student areas of the town. Throughout the summer 1,460 bags of recycling were collected, raising £20,440 for the charity.
This year two additional bins have been placed at Garendon Green and The Hut, Old Ashby Road and due to the success of the scheme, the banks will now be kept all year round.
Students will also be offered one free recycling collection from the BHF, which they can use to recycle unwanted electrical items, such as toasters, hairdryers or kettles, which they may not want to take home with them.
Leaflets and recycling bags will be delivered to student properties in the run up to the clear-up event.
Matt Bradford, head of cleansing at the borough council said: “As students leave for the summer we do find we have a bit more refuse to collect in certain areas of the town.
“Last year the recycling banks proved to be a real success, so we’d ask students to help us out again this year, by taking their recycling to their nearest BHF recycling bank. We would also ask them to make sure they leave their black and green bins out to be emptied on June 30.
“Our officers will be door-knocking in student areas in the run-up to the end of term, so they can provide information if you’re not sure about what you can recycle.”
Jenny Ardley, Community Warden at Loughborough University said: “The end of term clear-out is really important to the university. We want our students to remove their waste and recycle as much as possible. It is also great that students can support the British Heart Foundation through the clear-up by donating their unwanted items.”
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; anything that doesn’t fit in the bin should be clearly labelled.
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 and follow the #THINKCOMMUNITY and #THINKBINS hashtags on Twitter.
The six British Heart Foundation recycling banks are located at:
- Radmoor Road park, Radmoor Road, Loughborough, LE11 3BP
- St Peter’s Community Centre, Storer Road, Loughborough, LE11 5EQ
- George Deacon Court, Chestnut Street, Loughborough, LE11 3AF
- Kingfisher Court, Kingfisher Way, Loughborough, LE11 3NY
- The Hut, Old Ashby Road, Loughborough. LE11 4PG
- Garendon Green, Garendon Road, Loughborough. LE11 4PG