Leeds students urged to keep it clean as they pack up

Student Greg Dawes making sure his rubbish is in the bin on time, with Coun Mark Dobson and Victoria Whalley.
Student Greg Dawes making sure his rubbish is in the bin on time, with Coun Mark Dobson and Victoria Whalley.
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Students are being urged to make a clean getaway when they head home from Leeds for the summer.

Special drop-off points for unwanted household items have been set up as part of a scheme called Leave Leeds Tidy.

The Leeds City Council-backed project aims to stop streets and gardens in areas such as Headingley and Hyde Park being left in a mess following the mass exodus of students at the end of the academic year.

Drop-off sessions will be running from 11am to 3pm on selected days until the start of July at locations including Brudenell Social Club, Brudenell Primary School, Burley Park Station and Hyde Park Picture House.

Coun Mark Dobson, the council’s executive member for the environment, said: “The universities and student unions, working with the council, put a great deal of effort into helping students take more responsibility for their rubbish and unwanted items.

“Whilst we want any departing residents to recycle or donate their unwanted items before they go, we know the changeover period is a massive upheaval for students and the communities they live in so we have to deliver the right balance of education, enforcement and clean-up services.

“Our teams, working in partnership with the universities and student unions, are geared up for what is usually one of the busiest periods of the year.”

Much of Leeds’s university and college-going population has traditionally lived in digs situated in and around the LS6 postcode area.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, however, purpose-built flats in the city centre are proving increasingly popular with many students.

For Leave Leeds Tidy drop-off dates, visit the ‘collection days’ section of the www.leaveleedstidy.com website.

l The YEP recently launched a Clean Up Yorkshire campaign to encourage people to do their bit to keep their neighbourhoods looking spick and span.

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