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Published : 21/06/2012 00:00

Council ready to help students leave Leeds tidy

Leeds City Council has launched a full scale operation to help keep streets clean as students pack up their digs for the summer.

The council are now collecting bins on a daily basis in Headingley, Hyde Park and Woodhouse.

The extra bin wagons and bulky waste are working seven days a week to make sure communities aren’t over-run with rubbish. An additional street cleaning vehicle will also be working in the area.

And volunteers from the universities and student unions are running their award-winning Green Streets service so departing students can donate unwanted items for a good cause.

The flurry of activity marks the end of the academic year during which students are encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle. But experience shows that a significant amount of rubbish is still left on the streets as tenancies come to an end and people move on.

Councillor Mark Dobson, 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.

“While 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 students unions, are geared up for what we expect to be one of the busiest periods of the year.”

The clean up crews will be based in the Headingley, Hyde Park and Woodhouse area until Saturday 7 July. The team is headed up by a co-ordinator who will be able to send crews and vehicles to the streets where they are needed the most. The clean up crews include environmental enforcement officers who will be doing extra patrols to put off any would-be fly tippers and bag slashers.

The extra daily bin and bulky waste collection service is being supported by money local councillors can use to assist projects that will benefit their communities.

The progress of the clean up crews and university volunteers, including before and after pictures of affected areas, can be seen on the ‘sort it, bin it, win it’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/binitwinit or by following @binitwinit on Twitter.

Members of the public who want to report any issues in the Headingley, Hyde Park or Woodhouse areas during the changeover period can contact 0113 222 4406.

Notes to editors:
• Daily bin and bulky waste collection services will run alongside normal weekly collections from Wednesday 20 June to Saturday 7 July.
• Red bags distributed by the Green Streets team for unwanted pots and pans, bedding, crockery, clothes and electronics will be collected on Saturday 23 June, Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.
• Items left for the Green Streets team are donated to local charity, Emmaus, or given a new home at ‘free shops’.
• Leave Leeds Tidy wardens from Leeds University Union will also be patrolling the streets, offering advice, identifying grot spots and reporting any fly tipping incidents to the council’s environmental enforcement officers.
• For more information about Leave Leeds Tidy or the Green Streets project, please see www.leaveleedstidy.com

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
e-mail: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk

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