Extra rubbish collections are to be laid on in Bath this summer to help prevent a build-up of waste as university students move out of the city.
Additional waste collections will be made in areas where there are high concentrations of student accommodation throughout June.
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, has been working with the council’s Waste Services Team to draw up plans to reduce the amount of waste waiting to be collected at this busy time of year.
The extra collections proved so successful last year that the University of Bath and Bath Spa University have once again agreed to jointly fund them.
Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for Development and Neighbourhoods 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 will mean that our streets won’t be 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, said: “We were delighted to see the success of extra waste and recycling collections following the initiative last year and are pleased to partner again with Bath & North East Somerset Council to provide similar support this year.
“This period is always a busy time as our students move out and we hope that this measure can help ease pressure on local services and prove useful for local residents.”
Further details of the areas which will benefit from extra collections will be announced later in the year.