Advisers hit the road to help with new bin service

A team of recycling experts are hitting the streets to help people prepare for changes to their bin collections.

The events will give people the opportunity to ask any questions about the new service and get advice on how to make the most of their green bin.

As plans are finalised for another 100,000 properties in west, north west and north east Leeds to have their black bins emptied one week and green bin emptied the next, recycling advisers will be on hand to chat to people on:

• Wednesday 16 October, 10:00-16:00 at Bramley Shopping Centre, Lower Town Street

• Thursday 17 October, 10:00-16:00 at Wetherby Town Centre shopping area

• Friday 18 October, 10:00-14:00 in Yeadon Library

• Saturday 19 October, 10:00-16:00 in Moor Allerton Library

• Monday 21 October, 10:00-14:00 in Otley Library

• Tuesday 22 October, 11:30-14:00 at Middleton Park Circus shopping area

• Wednesday 23 October, 11:30-13:30 at Rawdon, Town Street shopping area

• Thursday 24 October, 10:00-14:00 in Guiseley Library.

• Friday 25 October, 10:00-16:00 in Marks & Spencer, Moortown.

• Saturday 26 October, 10:00-16:00 at Pudsey Market Square and shopping area

• Tuesday 29 October, 10:00-14:00, outside Yeadon Town Hall and surrounding shopping streets

• Wednesday 30 October, 11:30-14:00 at Middleton Park Circus shopping area

• Friday 1 November, 10:00-16:00 at Bramley Shopping Centre, Lower Town Street

Results from areas already receiving the new bin service show that people are recycling more and putting less rubbish in their black bins.

The shift to the new service is aimed at upping the amount of waste the city recycles.

With people having the opportunity to recycle more at home, they’ll be able to help the council reach its target of recycling 55% by 2016.

As well as reducing harmful emissions, recycling reuses valuable resources and saves the council substantial amounts of money.

Last year the council paid over £9 million to dump rubbish in landfill sites and this bill set to rise by £1.5 million a year unless the amount of waste thrown away is reduced.

Money saved by recycling can be spent on providing vital council services.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“The friendly advice our team offers is invaluable. Recycling advisers are getting out and about well in advance of the service starting for the next 100,000 households to help people prepare for the upcoming changes.

“We’d like people to join us at the events and ask us any questions they have to help the transition to alternate weekly bin collections go as smoothly as possible.”

Residents will also be receiving a handy information pack to explain the new service in more detail.

The council’s website (http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/New-bin-service.aspx) also provides information on the introduction of the new bin service and a helpful calendar to let people check their bin day (http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Check-your-bin-day.aspx).

All suitable homes in Adel and Wharfedale, Alwoodley, Bramley and Stanningley, Calverley and Farsley, Guiseley and Rawdon, Harewood, Horsforth, Middleton Park, Otley and Yeadon, Pudsey and Wetherby are set to switch to new collections in the next phase.

In addition, some suitable properties in parts of Armley, Kirkstall and Weetwood wards, along with a very limited number of properties in Farnley and Wortley and Ardsley and Robin Hood wards will be included in the next phase of the new service.

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk