Blog Post - Students aren't sluggish, they're picking up rubbish

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NUSU students and staff on a recent street tidy in Jesmond.

Student life is difficult. We’ve got a lot of really tough university work to tackle, and also have to fit in time to sleep and socialise. With such busy lives, on the odd occasion some of us seem to forget to add ‘throw rubbish into bin’ onto our timetables. No one likes a litterbug, and this term students from our Uni proved that when they spent time with the lovely non-student residents in leafy Jesmond to return the suburb to its best.

It’s easy to ignore all the litter in our streets when it isn’t our permanent home, but we’re all proud to go to Newcastle University and so should make sure that we’re leaving the place in the clean, welcoming state it was when we got here. Living in Newcastle is an amazing experience that I’m sure none of us will forget, and we need to make sure that prospective students and visitors see that reflected in our streets.

The Leave Newcastle Happy project is an NUSU collaboration involving Sabbs, Community Reps, Rep and Dem and Go Volunteer. It aims to combat the litter issue within our neighbourhoods by taking to the streets and organising litter picking days, and now we need YOU to make the project even bigger and more effective! At the end of term, we’ll be focusing on getting Jesmond clean for the summer by hosting two fun-filled weeks of chilling in the sun and cleaning the streets. Anyone is welcome and there’s no time obligation, so whether you can come for an hour or for a few days, we’d love to see you.

We’ll also be taking all your unwanted furniture and other household goods off your hands so that we can find them a nice new home, rather than leaving them in the back lanes. Whatever you donate will benefit the less advantaged members of Newcastle upon Tyne. In the past, the University has generated over £1.5m from items sold in local British Heart Foundation shops, proving that campuses are strong allies against heart disease. The NUSU website also provides a list of nearby charities which you can donate your old stuff to if you’d like to choose your own cause – check it out here.  Hold tight for more info, the website will be updated soon with details on how to get involved with the 2017 campaign.

Come along and do your bit, and who knows – maybe the President will make another surprise appearance! Hopefully see you there.

Ellie x

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