More than 12 tonnes of additional waste, the equivalent weight of a double-decker bus, has been collected as university students moved out of Bath for the summer, B&NES Council has said.
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s waste crews carried out extra collections last month in areas of the city with high concentrations of student accommodation to help prevent a build-up of waste during the move-out.
The Student Community Partnership – a joint venture between the University of Bath and Bath Spa University, their respective Students’ Unions, and Bath & North East Somerset Council – worked with the council’s waste services team to provide the extra collections, which were funded jointly by the University of Bath and Bath Spa University.
Councillor David Wood, joint cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services, said: “A large number of students move out of their accommodation every summer and as a result generate a huge amount of extra waste.
“I am very grateful to both universities for paying for the extra collections, which meant that our streets weren’t littered with large piles of unsightly waste for days at a time.”
Chair of the SCP and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) at the University of Bath, Professor Peter Lambert, added: “Both universities are committed to working together in our role as good neighbours in the city and as part of this shared goal, we were pleased to fund additional rubbish collections this year, given the success of last year’s initiative.
“We hope permanent residents noticed improvements in their neighbourhoods.”