Students encouraged to ‘Choose to Reuse’ ahead of summer break

Published: Wed 22nd June, 2022

Students in Loughborough preparing to move out of their term-time homes are being encouraged to ‘Choose to Reuse’ before they leave town for the summer.

Charnwood Borough Council has been working with Loughborough University, private landlords and letting agents to provide students with information on the different ways they can dispose of items they may no longer need or want to take home with them.

A two-day ‘Choose to Reuse’ event will be held on Tuesday June 28 and Wednesday June 29 where reusable items can be donated to The Air Ambulance Service to help raise money for the charity.

From June 20, Air Ambulance donation stickers and information leaflets will be delivered to properties in areas of the town which have a large student population.

Students can fill their own bags with donations and label them with the Air Ambulance sticker. The donations can be placed outside the property ready for collection on June 28 and June 29 or taken to one of the drop-off points based on Storer Road (June 28) and Kingfisher Way (June 29).

More information about ‘Choose to Reuse’ can be found at www.charnwood.gov.uk/endofterm

Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough, said: “We are working alongside the University and landlords to encourage students to consider how to dispose of waste as they prepare to move out of their off-campus properties in town.

“There are a number of ways students can either donate or dispose of items which they don’t want to take home with them. I would urge them to think about what could be donated to charity in the first instance as not only does this prevent it from going to landfill but it also helps raise money for a good cause.

“Our partners Serco will also carry out an additional bin collection in the student areas of the town again this year.

“I would encourage students to take a look at the information available on our website and ask them to do their bit to help keep our town as clean and tidy as possible.”

Jenny Ardley, community warden for Loughborough University commented: “We know that sustainability is high on the agenda for many people, so we have really gone the extra mile this year to make sure we can maximise recycling and minimise the amount that will go to landfill and raise money for charity at the same time.”

For further information please visit charnwood.gov.uk/endofterm or e-mail cleaner.greener@charnwood.gov.uk.

Additional bin collection in student areas

The Council’s waste management partner Serco will also be carrying out an additional bin collection in student areas of Loughborough on Monday July 4, 2022.

Materials which can be recycled need to be placed loose inside the green bin and non-recyclable waste must be placed inside the black bin for collection.

Additional side waste, building waste or fixture and fittings will not be collected. These items should be taken to the local recycling and household waste sites.

A list of streets where an additional bin collection will take place can be found on the Council’s website at www.charnwood.gov.uk/endofterm

Bins need to be put out by 8am on July 4 and returned to the property by the end of the day.

The Council will be adding stickers to wheelie bins in the student areas over the summer to help identify which property the bins belong to. The sticker will also remind students of their waste collection responsibilities.

Bulky waste collections

Larger items such as furniture, mattresses or electrical items can be removed by the Council for a small charge. Bulky waste collections cost £25 for three items and a list of eligible items is available on the Council’s website.

Students and landlords can book and pay for bulky waste collections through the Council’s website. Simply visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/special_collections.

Charity bring sites

There are a number of Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation bring sites located across the town which will accept reusable items.

Further information about bring sites in Charnwood can be found on the Council’s website at www.charnwood.gov.uk/bring_sites

There are several charity shops in the town centre which will also accept donations.

Local Recycling and Household Waste Sites

Most large items can also be taken to one of the local recycling and household sites which are operated by Leicestershire County Council.

There are three sites in Charnwood: Loughborough, Shepshed and Mountsorrel. More details on opening times and what waste is accepted at each site can be found on the Leicestershire County Council website.