Students arriving in Swansea to start the new academic year are being targeted in a campaign to help them get the correct recycling information.
And Swansea Labour is fully behind the campaign as 1,000s of students move into accommodation across the city.
Swansea Council has launched the new campaign, called ‘Get it Sorted’, so that students can get put their recycling in the right bags.
More than 1,500 recycling starter packs have been sent to all rented accommodation in the city, including houses in multiple occupation in Uplands and Brynmill. The packs will provide existing students and new ones with all they need to know about their refuse and recycling collection days.
A ‘pop-up’ information tent will also be in Singleton Park each week as part of the campaign and during the first few weeks of term and students will be able to collect recycling bags and ask council recycling officers questions about the services on offer.
Food waste recycling will also be promoted to students this year in a bid to reduce the amount of food waste currently sent to landfill.
Labour councillor Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management said: “The first weeks of term for new students coming into the city can be quite daunting and very busy. So we need to do what we can to make it as easy as possible for them to get to grips with services such as recycling.
“The packs we have delivered to HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupancy) will provide all the info they need to join in with the majority of other residents in Swansea and help us recycle household waste.
“It’s also important that students know what days their waste is collected so we can avoid having bags left on streets creating a mess.”
“Recycling officers will also be monitoring the streets where the packs have been delivered and will offer further help to student residents if they have spotted pink bags that have been place out on a green week and vice-versa.
“We don’t expect all of our newest residents to get it right first time so we want to make sure they have the support to not make mistakes in the future.”
The Council has also developed special student webpages where students can go to find out everything they need to about city, including transport services, waste collections and places of interest – www.swansea.gov.uk/students