Students create 367 tonnes of extra rubbish

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An extra 367 tonnes of rubbish was collected by Leeds City Council as students packed up their digs for the summer

The council picked up the additional waste – equivalent to the weight of 36 bin trucks – in Headingley, Hyde Park and Woodhouse with daily collections and street cleansing services over a three-week period.

The area is traditionally over-run with waste as term-time tenancies come to an end.

The 367 tonnes of rubbish thrown away was on top of the waste and rubbish picked up during normal collections which ran at the same time.

Just under a third of the refuse collected was recycled.

This stopped an extra 121 tonnes of waste from going to landfill, according to Leeds City Council.

Volunteers from the universities and student unions worked for 660 hours to make sure another 13.5 tonnes of household items were reused as part of their award-winning Green Streets service.

They even picked up a 42 inch plasma HD TV during their rounds which was sold for £200 with proceeds going to local charities Emmaus and St Vincent’s.

Coun Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said: “While we’d like people to plan ahead for the move at the end of term, we have to be prepared for the increase in rubbish thrown away in these areas.

“Thanks go to our staff who put in a mammoth effort to keep the streets clean and to colleagues at the universities and student unions who helped stopped a significant amount of waste from being landfilled.

“With a continuing partnership effort, we can encourage all our residents to reduce, reuse and recycle throughout the year.”

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