This year’s Leave Leeds Tidy marks the tenth anniversary of the scheme which helps students get rid of their unwanted stuff before moving home for the Summer.
The campaign receives donations of everything from trousers to tables, and we’re elated to reveal that over the course of ten years, we’ve taken in and recycled or donated to local charities over 125 tonnes of unwanted stuff that would have ended up at landfill – and this year’s drive is set to add even more to that total (full breakdown of donations below).
- 2017 - 9 tonnes
- 2016 - 25 tonnes
- 2015 - 8.1 tonnes
- 2014 - 9.1 tonnes
- 2013 - 13.5 tonnes
- 2012 - 11.8 tonnes
- 2011 - 10 tonnes
- 2010 - 20 tonnes
- 2009 - 21 tonnes
In the past the campaign has diverted clothes and household goods to a free shop to help refugees living in Leeds and Greece, as well as working with charities including St Vincent de Pauls, Leeds North & West Food Bank and the Real Junk Food Project to give unwanted stuff a new home.
Leeds University Union Community Officer George Bissett said, "If I had achieved as much as Leave Leeds Tidy has by the time I was ten, I would have been extremely proud of myself (if not a little surprised). The campaign has hung around Leeds for longer than your average students here. The fact that it is still running is proof of the generosity and conscientiousness of Leeds students and residents, LUU staff and volunteers. As a student I thought it was great that the union agreed to take my unwanted stuff off my hands for free, and working here only allowed me to see first hand the immense effect that the donations have on the people that need them the most. It really is a win-win for everyone involved. Here's to another ten years!"
A huge thanks to everybody who has donated to Leave Leeds Tidy or worked on the campaign to reduce waste and keep the local community looking tip-top.