UNIVERSITY students are being urged to reuse and recycle when they leave Durham for the summer.

Durham University is again running the Green Move Out scheme, aimed at ensuring as much as possible is reused and recycled as its students finish their exams and leave for their summer vacation in the next few weeks.

Students will be given leaflets, information via websites and landlords and receive door-to-door visits.

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The project has the support of Durham County Council, Durham Police, Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods and the County Durham Furniture Help Scheme, which recycles unwanted household items.

Terry Collins, the council’s corporate director of neighbourhood services, said: “In June last year more than 75 tonnes of additional household waste was generated in Durham City alone, which cost the council in excess of £10,000 to clean up, collect and dispose of.

“This year we want to ensure that as much as possible is reused and recycled so, together with our partners, we are aiming to help students to sort their reusable items from their waste.”

The council is issuing yellow bags so students can donate unwanted clothes, shoes, bedding, books, electrical items, pots and pans, crockery and tinned food.

These bags should be left outside homes for collection by the County Durham Furniture Help Scheme on June 23, 25, 27 and 30 and July 2 and 4.

Larger items should be placed alongside, marked: ‘For Reuse’.

For more information, call 01388-721509 or visit