Thousands of students have returned to the city for the start of the new academic year with Swansea Council getting them get on board with the ‘Get It Sorted’ campaign – a drive to recycle kerbside rubbish.
Swansea Council’s Recycling Team have a pop-up stall erected in Singleton Park to help distribute recycling sacks and food waste bins to students going to and from lectures.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: “We will have the pop up stall in the park throughout October so we can meet with students and let them know all about the household waste services we have.
“The first week has been a huge success. From the feedback we have had, students clearly want to do the right thing and recycle their waste. They have been queuing up to collect all they need for their home and I’m delighted they are getting on board.”
More than 1,500 recycling packs have already been delivered to rented properties in the city where students have moved in. The packs provide information on what materials go in the different colour bags and also lets students know what day their collections are.
Recycling officers have also carried out a door knocking exercise in Uplands and Brynmill after the first collection took place. Officers targeted properties where bags had not been collected.
Cllr Thomas added: “Like all parts of the city, our collection crews will not pick up bags if either the wrong materials are in the bags or if the wrong colour bags are put out. During the recent exercise we expected some students to not get it quite right. They have only just move to the city and are getting used to how different services operate.
“Most we spoke to made genuine mistakes and I’m confident this will be rectified during the following weeks and months.”