Leicester students ready to help battle the war on litter and keep Britain tidy

By Luke Williamson

De Montfort University students want to get more involved in keeping the campus tidy, after South Leicestershire Litter Wombles appealed for more student members.

Jessica Bogic, DMU Local Widening Participation manager, said: “Hopefully some more students will be able to support that local organisation.

“We have previously worked with the Canal and River Trusts to do similar activities around the River Soar and the campus.

Unsightly: Rubbish on Western Road near the De Montfort University Campus. Picture: Luke Williamson

“If we are approached by organisations for different help in the community, we have a proposal system for new projects and activities.”

South Leicestershire Litter Wombles (SWLL) has been growing rapidly in recent weeks, as the weather improves and Covid-19 lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

It is hoped more students will get involved in keeping the city clean, and some are raring to go.

Shivani Maisuria, DMU Law and Criminal Justice student, said: “It is good for the environment and it is not nice to be walking in the street and seeing rubbish.

“David Attenborough says we should help save the environment from ourselves, and students should start the trend of keeping cities tidy.

“Luckily, the DMU campus is very clean and tidy, so we should all be helping to keep it that way but also help to clean the surrounding areas where many of us live.”

As lockdown restrictions start to ease, SWLL and neighbouring group, the North Leicestershire Litter Wombles, will start going out in groups of six to collect litter.

Last week, SWLL member, Scott Gibbins, asked for more students to get involved to keep the inner-city areas tidy.

He said: “I know they are busy studying but it is a great way to spend a couple of hours a week.

“It is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air whilst helping the environment and wildlife.”

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