Litter left strewn across Sheffield's streets on hottest week of year

Litter left on streets around Bramall Lane. Picture: Dean Atkins.
Litter left on streets around Bramall Lane. Picture: Dean Atkins.
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These were the scenes on the streets of Sheffield as thousands of students’ tenancies came to an end and they left the city for the summer.

Litter, bedding, sofas and beds were left scattered on streets around the city centre, Bramall Lane, Crookes, Crookesmoor and Sharrow Vale areas.

Litter was left on the streets. Picture: Dean Atkins.

Litter was left on the streets. Picture: Dean Atkins.

Red bin bags were also left outside properties as part of a scheme run by Sheffield Council, in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.

The council said the bags should be tied to prevent the contents spilling out and any rubbish that does not fit should be taken to a household waste recycling centre.

But bedding, Christmas lights, furniture and beds were left out on streets over the weekend.

One frustrated resident said: “Maybe the students, parents, landlords and universities didn’t strew this stuff around but they are ultimately responsible for the blight on our streets. They should be ashamed.”

Litter on Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield. Picture: Sam Cooper.

Litter on Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield. Picture: Sam Cooper.

The council said the red sack scheme meant any litter, which cannot be reused, recycled and fits in one of the red sacks, can be left outside to be collected.

A University of Sheffield spokesman said extra bin collections and street cleaning teams were patrolling in areas with a high proportion of students.

He added: “While we’re unable to police isolated incidents of student litter, where serious or repeated cases arise we can, and do, take disciplinary action.”

A Sheffield Hallam University spokeswoman said they took part in the Donate, Don’t Waste scheme, designed to encourage students to reuse, recycle and donate unwanted items .

She added: “Not only does this help to keep the streets clean, it also helps to fundraise for a vital cause.”