Students help keep streets clean.

The Student Community Partnership (SCP) of Bath & North East Somerset Council, and both of the city’s universities have been shortlisted for a National Recycling Award for their campaign to help students keep the streets clean, and move out of their properties for the summer in the best way – donating as they go – for the British Heart Foundation.

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The campaign so far has seen over 6,000 bags of clothes, shoes, books, bric-a-brac, stationery, CDs and DVDs and sheets and pillow cases donated by students of the University of Bath and Bath Spa University through the on and off campus donation banks.

The temporary donation banks, arranged as part of the campaign in the Oldfield Park area of Bath have proved particularly successful with over 3,500 bags being donated through the 7 banks.

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Along with the donation banks there have been a series of road shows on and off campus and 1,300 properties were door knocked by SCP officers, student volunteers and Council Waste Campaigns staff to give advice to students about recycling more and planning ahead to reduce end of term waste.

Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North) Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “The Council continues to work closely with its partners to keep the streets clear of rubbish and help students donate items they no longer need. It’s great that this work has been recognised by being shortlisted for a National Recycling Award. The donations will go a long way to securing the funding for the valuable research and lifesaving activities carried out by the British Heart Foundation.”

The winner of the waste prevention category at the MRW National Recycling Awards will be announced today – the 28th June 2017.

The temporary banks will be removed at the end of July.