9 Jun 2016

A recipe for recycling success

Students are being urged to get a “pizza” the action in a summer clear-up in Loughborough.

The University's Community Warden Team and Loughborough Student's' Union have teamed up with Charnwood Borough Council's Environmental Services Team and waste management partner Serco and residents to organise the clear-up on Saturday 18 June. 

To encourage people to take part, 2,500 pizza boxes containing advice and bags to recycle batteries and other items are being delivered in student areas.  The students are being encouraged to fill the pizza boxes with unwanted dried or tinned foods which will be given to people in need.

The boxes - as well as recycling, refuse, bric-a-brac and small unwanted electrical items - will be collected by the Serco team.

Councillor Hilary Fryer, Charnwood Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Open Spaces, said: “Hopefully the students won’t be too disappointed when they realise the box does not contain a lovely slice of pizza,  but the message is something they can bite into - please help us keep the town tidy.

“As the students leave for the summer we do have a bit more recycling and refuse to collect from certain areas. The students can help play a part by making sure they put out the right items, recycle what they can and this time they can also help a good cause by filling the pizza boxes.

“Residents and students have helped get the boxes ready and we thank them for their support.”

Jenny Ardley, Community Warden at the University comments: “The University’s Community Warden team works closely with students and other local agencies to enhance strong links between the University and local community. Loughborough students are proud of their town and want to help keep it tidy.  We would like this to be the best year ever for recycling waste and donating unwanted good to local charities.”

LSU President Jess Excell says: “We are delighted to be a part of this fantastic initiative. We have built really good community relations this year and are very happy to work with our local partners.”

Jason Holtom, Partnership Director for Serco, said: “We are happy to support the event and we are excited to see how the pizza box idea works. It’s a great opportunity for students to make sure all their recycling is collected responsibly before they head home for the summer.” 

The event coincides with the end of the summer term for students.

Students can put out their recycling and household waste for collection as well bric-or-brac or small unwanted electrical items which will be given to mental health charity Mind.

If students have bulky waste to be collected, such as furniture, then they should use the Council’s free collection service. Simply visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/special_collections

This special clear-up is for students only and not landlords.