Leave Newcastle Happy

Leave Newcastle Happy is our end of year; clean-up initiative organised and led by Newcastle University Students’ Union and our students. It aims to provide opportunities for students moving out of their private accommodation to dispose of their rubbish, helping to create a positive relationship between students, NUSU, Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, and many local residents.

Returning from pre-covid days, this is also a city-wide donation campaign working on behalf of the British Heart Foundation with a clean-up and recycling campaign focussed in and around student areas of the city. This year, we focus on three ways to help students ‘Leave Newcastle Happy’. Community litter picks, British Heart Foundation donation banks and skips for end of year household rubbish.


Find the nearest SKIP for your Household Rubbish

To help you dispose of your waste as you move out of your private accommodation, we have provided rubbish skips located in Jesmond and West Jesmond. The FREE to use rubbish skips are an easy way for to get rid of their household waste such as course materials and items not suitable for donation.

The skips will be in the following back lanes during the weekend 10 - 12 June:

  • 29 Bayswater Rd, NE2 3HR
  • 9 Cavendish Pl, NE2 2NH
  • 9 Devonshire Pl, NE2 2NB
  • 69 Forsyth Rd, NE2 3DB
  • 112 Manor House Rd, NE2 2LY
  • 15 Queen's Terrace, NE2 2PJ
  • 7 Sunbury Ave, NE2 3HD

Remember to use your blue recycling bin for mixed dry recycling and black caddy for glass. Check out what can go in the bin

Use the map below to see where your nearest skip location is.

Community Litter Picks (13 -17 June)

An important part of leaving the city happy is the community litter picks that happen throughout the last two weeks of term. The aim is to encourage recycling, and to reinforce all the work by the University and Students’ Union with our local community to encourage positive relationships. Litter is one of the challenges of city living, and when thousands of students are leaving their rented accommodation in a short space of time it is easy for rubbish to pile up. Each tidy up event will start at 11am and lasts for around three hours. Please wear suitable clothing, but you will be given all other equipment that you will need, including gloves. If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact Conor Munro-O’Brien at

Dates – please tick your preferred date to sign up and we will get back in touch soon.

  • Monday 13 June, 11am 
  • Tuesday 14 June, 11am 
  • Thursday 16 June, 11am 
  • Friday 17 June, 11am 

Sign Up here


British Heart Foundation Banks

At the end of term, donate and save lives. Look out for the British Heart Foundation donation banks across the city.


  • Furniture: sofas, beds, dining table and chairs and more (upholstered furniture must have fire labels).
  • Electricals: TVs, washing machines, fridges.
  • Homewares: vases, soft furnishings.
  • Fashion: clothes, shoes, accessories.
  • Books: travel, fiction, kids.
  • Entertainment: instruments, vinyl’s and more.
  • Gadgets: consoles, tablets, laptops
  • Fitness equipment


Fill up any bag you have (take as many as you need) and drop it off in one of the donation banks located at:

  • NUSU Building Kings Walk - NE1 8QB - next to the Co-op entrance
  • Studley Terrace - NE4 5PA
  • Wretham Place - NE2 1XU
  • Cheltenham Terrace - NE6 5HR
  • Napier Street - NE2 1XJ
  • Hotspur Street - NE6 5BH
  • Lyndhurst Avenue - NE2 3LJ
  • Brentwood Avenue - NE2 3DH
  • Heaton Park Road - NE6 5PR
  • Library - Sunbury Avenue - NE2 3HB
  • Civic Centre - NE1 8QH
  • Jesmond Road – Cradelwell - NE2 1LA
  • Chillingham Road - NE6 5LL

For larger items, like furniture, you can arrange free collections here ( or you can donate at your local store, find your nearest one here.