Oxford students cover peers in foam, food, and confetti despite ban on tradition

The tradition of ‘trashing’ sees students ambushed as they leave their final exams (Picture: LNP)

Students at Oxford University flouted a ban on the age-old tradition of throwing food, booze, confetti and foam at each other to celebrate the end of exams.

The custom, known as ‘trashing’ sees students ambush their friends as they come out of exam halls for the last time dressed in their smart clothes.

But this week it emerged the university clamping down on the tradition, arguing it is wasteful, bad for the environment and leaves behind clean-up costs of £25,000 each year.

Christ Church college decided to close off its famous meadow for two hours, two times a day when exams end, so students cannot go there to trash.

But students still found a way, leaving a big foamy mess all over the city’s streets.

Earlier, Christ Church treasurer James Lawrie said the college regards trashing as ‘anti-social behaviour which is a waste of food and potentially harmful to wildlife’.

He added: ‘And for that reason is seeking to dissuade students from entering the meadow and pursuing this horrible practice.’

Students left foam, confetti and alcohol all over the streets (Picture: LNP)
Oxford’s Student Union has called trashing a bit of fun to blow off steam after exams (Picture: LNP)
Students jump into the River Cherwell next to Christ Church Meadow (Picture: PA)

On the University’s website, a dedicated campaign called #StopTrashing has been set up.

The page said: ‘We understand you want to celebrate after your exams, especially after the challenges of this year. However, trashing has significant negative social, financial and personal impacts.’

It said trashing is ‘disruptive to the community’, and that wasting food ‘reinforces negative stereotypes about Oxford students’ and that it costs the University £25,000 each year to clean up.

Students are apparently not allowed into Oxford’s pubs and bars if they have been ‘trashed’ either.

In 2019, students were condemned for trashing in Christ Church Meadow, which was previously closed in 2017 to prevent the practice.

The university has set up a campaign to stop the tradition, but that didn’t stop students (Picture: PA)
Oxford students wear smart clothes for their exams, which quickly get covered in foam and alcohol (Picture: LNP)
The university says it spends £25,000 every year on cleaning up the mess left behind (Picture: PA)

Oxford’s Student Union was unavailable for comment, but students in past years have described trashing as good fun and a way for them to blow off steam after exams.

A group of students has even created biodegradable confetti through a company called Eco-Trash, with the aim of lessening its impact.

Oxford’s City Council however, has sided with the University’s hard line on the tradition, which is said to have started in the 1970s.

Cabinet member for citizen focused services Mike Rowley said: ‘Trashing can be costly for the local community and the environment.

‘Just this weekend ODS has had to spend over three and a half hours and divert resources to clean Merton Street, Oriel Square, Radcliffe Square and Quaking Bridge.

‘I’d like to thank the University for helping us clean up: in 2019 they supported the cleaning with over £7k for the work ODS carries out after trashing.

‘Please celebrate considerately. Some celebrations have spread litter and other detritus, including broken glass, around the city centre with inevitable safety issues this causes.

‘There’s also a growing trend to use paint powder bombs which stain the paving and are expensive and difficult to clean up. We welcome students as part of Oxford’s lively and diverse community – don’t spoil it.’

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