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Tonnes of rubbish cleared during waste blitz

  • Student waste blitz

Tonnes of rubbish has been cleared in Loughborough following an end-of-term blitz on waste in student areas.

Charnwood Borough Council and waste management partner Serco joined forces with Loughborough University to organise the big clear-up on Saturday June 29.

Around 59 tonnes of waste was collected from student areas of the town. Large electrical items including fridge freezers, washing machines and televisions were also collected and recycled.

The Council teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for a third year, to join its Pack for Good campaign which 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.

Throughout the summer last year, 2,188 bags of recycling were donated to the BHF Pack for Good campaign which raised £30,632 for the charity.

Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough, said: “We worked with partners to encourage students to recycle or dispose of their waste before leaving at the end of term.

“We collected a lot of waste during the day and hopefully lots of money will be raised for the British Heart Foundation through the Pack for Good campaign. I’d like to thank the students for getting involved and our partners for supporting the clear-up.

“We’re proud of our town and this annual campaign helps ensure it looks tidy for the summer.”

Students can still recycle items for the Pack for Good campaign by taking unwanted items to a British Heart Foundation recycling bank.

The six 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