Christmas bin collection changes start on Sunday

The council is reminding Leeds residents that changes to bin collections over the Christmas period start this Sunday.

The council has written to every household about the changes which have been made to accommodate the upcoming public holidays.

Some bins will be picked up a day earlier while other residents will have their bin picked up a day later than usual.

If your normal bin day is ….

It is changed to …
Monday 22 DecemberSunday 21 December
Tuesday 23 DecemberMonday 22 December
Wednesday 24 DecemberTuesday 23 December
Thursday 25 DecemberWednesday 24 December
Friday 26 DecemberSaturday 27 December
Saturday 27 DecemberSunday 28 December
Monday 29 DecemberNo change
Tuesday 30 DecemberNo change
Wednesday 31 JanuaryNo change
Thursday 1 JanuaryFriday 2 January
Friday 2 JanuarySaturday 3 January
Saturday 3 JanuarySunday 4 January
Monday 5 JanuaryNo change
Tuesday 6 JanuaryNo change

Bin collection days can be checked throughout the year at www.leeds.gov.uk/yourbinday.

To help residents cope with the extra recycling and waste created over the festive period the council’s eight recycling centres will be open from 8am to 4pm throughout December.

They only close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

To help people reduce the amount of waste they produce in the first place, the council’s team of waste advisors are offering hints, tips and ideas on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow them @LeedsWasteDocs or www.facebook.com/leedswastedocs.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, said:

“Over Christmas we produce 30% more waste and much of it can be recycled. So as well as recycling all that we can it’s just as important to reduce the amount of waste we produce.

“So far this year we’ve recycled nearly 44% of our waste and as well as looking forward to a fun and relaxing festive break, we hope that with a bit of pre-planning people will make it a green Christmas too.”

Information on the full range of recycling services, bin collections and recycling centres can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk.

Other recycling services include:

• Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at local recycling sites and centres. The tops and caps can be left on bottles and jars when recycling them.

• Real Christmas trees can be dropped off at recycling centres.

• The council is also supporting St Gemma’s Hospice who are organising a tree collection service in selected postcodes for a donation. More information at www.st-gemma.co.uk/treecollection.

• Brown bin collections have already stopped and will start up again in March 2014.

• You can make the most of your festive food with hints, tips and advice from www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.

For media enquiries please contact:

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

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