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Student litter blights Sheffield streets

Litter on Ratcliffe Road, Sharrow Vale.

Litter on Ratcliffe Road, Sharrow Vale.

 

A special litter blitz will tomorrow tackle the mounting piles of student rubbish which have blighted Sheffield streets.

Some bags have been torn apart by foxes, and even by human scavengers searching for clothes or valuables, and their contents strewn about.

Ben King, of Sharrow Vale, said: “We are used to the odd half-eaten kebab or portion of chips in the road, and we understand we share the area with many students.

“But the amount of rubbish left out on pavements and in roads has been absolutely disgusting.”

Christine Williams of Roebuck Road in Crookesmoor said the ‘whole area is awash with rotting rubbish’.

“Veolia will not take it away unless it is in a sealed red sack, and then only on certain days, but the red sacks are left out and are torn open by treasure hunters and animals, leaving piles of rubbish strewn over the streets,” she said.

The red sack scheme is run by the city’s two universities in partnership with Sheffield Council.

This year 20,000 sacks were given out - the most ever - as well as charity bags for the British Heart Foundation.

Five extra crews from waste contractor Veolia and the Streets Ahead project are now removing rubbish.

Coun Jack Scott, council cabinet member for environment, said: “It will be done by the end of Friday. We are sorry if there has been any inconvenience, and I know it is unsightly, but we are sorting it out.” Report waste to Veolia on 0114 273 4567.

 

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