Nottingham City Council’s Waste Operations Team is working with partners to help students on Lenton Boulevard recycle more and improve the neighbourhood.

This term the team, along with Local Ward Councillor Sarah Piper, is undertaking a number of different activities to try and increase recycling with the target group and decrease the amount of extra rubbish in the bins which is causing top hatters (over loaded bins) which has a negative impact on the neighbourhood.

The team is also consulting with students to find out their attitudes to recycling and what the barriers are preventing them from recycling and reducing household waste.

Cllr Nicola Heaton, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “It is really important we speak to target groups to understand their barriers to recycling and make sure they ‘Recycle it Right’. The teams will be providing students with information on what they can recycle and advertise the support the City Council offers such as our free Bulky Waste collection service.

“Information and ideas received from the surveys will also aid our student waste action and engagement plan and make sure we are working together to improve our recycling rates and Nottingham’s overall public realm.’

Thanks to funding by the Neighbourhood Development fund, the team will also be providing all properties on Lenton Boulevard with a free kitchen recycling bin – to make recycling even easier. The aim is to remind students to recycle and encourage them not to use plastic bags – which cannot be recycled and contaminates the recycling bins.

The exclusive text messaging service for students – Binformation – will also be promoted. This service provides reminders to students when to put their bin out for collection and when to take it back in.