Council using horse and cart to clear student waste


An old-fashioned horse and cart is being used to help clear Nottingham of waste left behind by students at the end of the academic year.

The University of Nottingham and Nottingham City Council are organising the horse and dray as an eye-catching way of making sure Lenton is cleared up for summer.

Each year the university runs a campaign to cut the waste generated when students move out of rented homes in their thousands and avoid overflowing bins and messy streets.

The dray, similar to the one pictured, will be picking up items which could be re-used or recycled.

Kirsty McKeown, student affairs assistant for the university, said: “We thought old-fashioned horse power would be a fun, and very green, way of encouraging students and other residents in the area to think about how they dispose of items that could be put to use by others.

“The university has a strong commitment to sustainability so it is important that we encourage students to re-use and recycle their waste as much as possible.

“Students are living as part of the community and need to get rid of their waste like everyone else. For many this will be their first experience of moving out and that’s where we’ve worked with the council to help give as much guidance as possible.”

As well as the horse and cart, there will be guidance on charity donation bins, drop-off points for charity food parcels and bin collection dates.

An engaging tool to remind them of their responsibilities


Cllr Nicola Heaton said: “The main responsibility should be with the students and landlords as most of the waste is generated by them but in order to keep our city clean and not let this waste blight our neighbourhoods our teams work hard to clean it.

“We hope students will utilise these services to help manage their household waste as well as the horse and trap as an engaging tool to remind them of their responsibilities.”


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