Leave Newcastle Happy is a highly successful, end of year, clean-up campaign organised and led by Newcastle University Students’ Union and supported by Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council.
The campaign is in response to resident complaints about leftover rubbish from students moving out of their private accommodation, as well as the University and Students’ Union’s commitment to sustainability and recycling.
Now in its’ fourth year, this end of summer term event, combines a city wide donation campaign on behalf of the British Heart Foundation with a clean-up and recycling campaign focussed in and around student areas of the city.
The 2017/18 campaign focussed 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 make up the logistical support for this very unique time of year in the city.
Community Litter Picks
Students and staff were out and about every day for the last two weeks of term.
5.5 tonnes of household waste was collected in the rubbish skips. 76% was recycled and 0% ended up in landfill.
British Heart Foundation Donations
17911 bags of stock worth £250,754 to BHF & saving 143 Tonnes from land fill. As a quick comparison last year was 6930 bags of stock worth £124,270 to BHF and saved 55 Tonnes from land fill. An amazing effort from the students of Newcastle!
With plans to make the event bigger and better next summer, Leave Newcastle Happy really is making a positive impact and allowing students the opportunities, lacking in previous years, to dispose of their unwanted items in a sustainable way.
On the 10th October we hosted a BHF ‘Pop –Up’ shop to sell on some of the items donated in the summer.