Leeds student creates genius bin bag solution after shocking litter at Woodhouse Moor in Hyde Park

A Leeds student has used his handy skills to try and prevent litter being left in parks after a shocking amount of rubbish was left in Woodhouse Moor during hot weather this week.

By Immy Share
Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 2:26 pm
Updated Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 3:00 pm
A Leeds Beckett University student has invented a genius way to provide bin bags at Woodhouse Moor
A Leeds Beckett University student has invented a genius way to provide bin bags at Woodhouse Moor

Jack Colmer, of Leeds Beckett University, has built a bin bag dispenser which holds six rolls at one time in order to make it easier for people to dispose of their rubbish at Woodhouse Moor.

The 22-year-old final year student used some scrap wood while 'fed up at home' to create the bag holder and beer bottle-opening contraption which he has now put up in Hyde Park.

There was a shocking amount of litter left in Woodhouse Moor after sun-seekers enjoyed the weather there (photo: SWNS)

Jack said he enjoys building things and while it doesn't solve the 'big and reoccurring' litter problem completely, 'it will prevent volunteers having to go round the whole park' following any hot weather in Leeds.

He posted pictures and a description of the litter solution in the Leeds Students' Group (LSG) on Facebook - and has already received thousands of likes and hundreds of comments within under an hour of posting.

Jack encouraged the people of Leeds to take a bin roll next time they go to the park to use themselves and then add bags to the dispenser as well.

He told fellow students 'it's really not that hard' as he pleaded with people to use what he had made to clear up after themselves.

Jack's post on social media said: "***Bin bag dispenser in Hyde park***

"[An answer to the age old question proposed by Mike Skinner - ‘who’s got the bag?’ - I’ve got the bag(s)]

"After recent events and images appearing of Hyde park this week I thought I’d provide a temporary solution to what seems to be a big and reoccurring problem.

"I’ve built a bin bag dispenser which will hold 6 rolls at one time (there’s currently 6 in it) to help encourage people to pick up their litter after a day at the park, seeing as everyone loses their heads once the sun comes out.

"I’ve even chucked a beer bottle opener on the side to help save some teeth and save the embarrassment after failing to kick the top off a beer using a second bottle.

"Apologies if it’s an eye sore, but equally the more it stands out the more likely people will see it and grab a bin bag.

"I know this doesn’t solve the problem of excessive piles of litter left at the bins in the park, however, at least if it is in one place it will prevent volunteers having to go round the whole park clearing up the following day.

"Ideally when you next go to the park bring a bin roll, use it’s and if there’s any left chuck it in this.

"Knowing Leeds this will probably be removed/destroyed/stolen by the time this post is up, however if it is still there when you are in Hyde park please use it and please clear up.

"It’s really not that hard, and this will make it’s easier xx

"(Feel free to share/tag - the more people that know about it, the better)"

More of Jack's building work can be found on his Instagram page, @colmers_diys.