Students are asked to ‘Love When You Leave’ this summer

Students are being asked to think ahead before they leave their rented property this summer.

As students leave the city, they are being warned that if they dump waste on the pavement when it is not their collection day, they will received a Fixed Penalty Notice of between £100 and £400.

Subject to the tenancy agreement, if bulky items or waste is left inside the property, or in the front or back garden, these items will be removed by the landlord and deductions can be taken from the bond on the property by the landlord.

The Love Where You Leave Campaign is a partnership between the universities, the Council and the YMCA and has been designed so that students can clear their houses responsibly before they move out - without needing to dump unwanted items out onto the street outside their waste collection day.

Cabinet Member for Clean Streets and Recycling, Councillor Michael Michael said: "All students need to plan ahead when they leave their rented property so that any unrecyclable or unusable waste is put out for collection on the correct waste collection day.

"Failure to do this causes an eyesore for other residents and the rubbish bags are often ripped open by seagulls causing large levels of street litter. If students persist on doing this, they will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice. A great deal of time and effort has been put into providing the various recycling and reuse schemes through the Love When You Leave Campaign and we ask everyone to plan ahead and use the facilities provided."

Numerous recycling and reuse schemes have been put in place so that students can recycle or donate any unwanted items before they leave the city.

Last year over 21 tonnes of different unwanted items were either reused or recycled through this scheme.

The following facilities have been provided:

  • 24 donation points have been put in place at halls of residence and student unions so that any unwanted clothing, unopened food, small electrical items, books, CD's, DVDs and kitchen items can be reused
  • 41 YMCA donation points are also available and all of the locations can be viewed here -
  • Unwanted bicycles can be donated to the Cardiff Cycle workshop at Unit 9 Gabalfa Workshops, CF14 3AY
  • Any unwanted furniture can be donated to the YMCA at Unit N2 Colchester Avenue or students can arrange a free collection by calling 02920 495114.
  • The Council also provided a free bulky item collection service for any large item that can be recycled. More information can be read here - There is a small charge for non-recyclable bulky items.
  • There are two Household Waste Recycling Centres at Lamby Way or Bessemer Close where recycling and general waste can be disposed of responsibly -

Cllr Michael continued: "I would like to thank all the partners involved in this scheme and I hope that we can all get the message out to the student population on how important it is to get this right."