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Bath students kickstart campaign to clean the city

Posted on: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Bath students have participated in a new project which aims to clean key routes into the city.

Students from the University of Bath and Bath Spa have volunteered to pick up litter as part of their annual 'Green Litter Week', which runs from February 23rd-27th.

The aim of the week is to raise awareness about key sustainability issues that affect the region.

It is being run in collaboration with the Student Community Partnership (SCP), a jointly funded Partnership made up of Bath & North East Somerset Council, University of Bath, Bath Spa University and the Students’ Unions at both universities.

Commenting on the project, councillor Paul Crossley (Lib Dem – Southdown) leader of the Council, said: “Universities have a significant impact on local communities.

“Long after they leave as graduates, students are affected by the values that they develop at university and events such as these help to a develop socially-positive outlook.”

As part of the event, student volunteers and members of the local community will litter pick the key routes into the city, culminating at the Abbey. 

Cycling will also be a big feature for both universities and the University of Bath is running its first ever Cycle Cinema.

In addition, Dr Bike sessions are set to be held at Bath Spa University during the week.

However the event is not the only green cleaning initiative to be held in Bath.

Recently it was reported that small rubbish bins for little bits of litter such as chewing gum and cigarette butts will soon be installed all over the city.

The bins were designed in Bath by resident Robin Davies and are part of an attempt to rid the city's streets of micro-litter.

The aim is to get Bath to be recognised as Britain's Cleanest City. Mr Davies is the chairman of Hampshire-based engineering company Good Directions and has come up with a variety of designs for the rubbish bins, known as Bath Bid Butt Bins.