Residents anger over students’ rubbish

Rubbish on School Road, Crookes.
Rubbish on School Road, Crookes.
Have your say

Residents in a Sheffield suburb are kicking up a stink about piles of rubbish which have been left on the streets by university students.

Angry locals are demanding action after red bags filled with household waste were left strewn across School Road in Crookes.

Student rubbish on School Road, Crookes.

Student rubbish on School Road, Crookes.

The red sack scheme is run by the city’s universities in partnership with Sheffield Council, to allow students moving out of their accommodation to discard surplus rubbish.

Council contractor Veolia is responsible for collecting the waste as part of regular bin collections.

But one furious resident, aged 70, said: “The rubbish has been building up over the past week or so, as many of the students are changing accommodation at this time of year. The last two weekends have been the busiest. The rubbish has been put out, but then scattered by foxes, cats, even human scavengers.”

He added: “I have lived here for more than 20 years. While many students behave properly, some have no care or consideration.”

Amy Jones, external relations manager at The University of Sheffield, said: “Residents should rest assured all parties are working hard to make the streets tidy again as soon as possible.”

She urged residents to ring Streets Ahead on 0114 273 4567.

Susan Smith, chair of the Crookes Forum, said: “On the whole the red bag scheme has worked really well this year in Crookes - but for those residents where it’s a problem, it is a problem.”