24
February
2014
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Europe/London

Garden bin collections re-start




Collections of garden bins across Leeds re-start in March.



From Monday 3 March, the normal fortnightly brown bin collections resume.



Residents who already have a brown bin will continue to have it collected on the same day.



If in any doubt about your collection day, you can check on the council’s website. You can also download a handy calendar to remind you of your collection schedule.



Using brown bins is an effective way of keeping garden waste out of landfill; helping to save money and cut carbon emissions.



Residents also have the option of composting at home. The council offers reduced price compost bins so you can turn your kitchen and garden waste into a useful resource to use in your garden.



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



“It’s back to business as usual for brown bin collections. Using your brown bin or composting goes a long way towards helping us reach our recycling targets.



“The goal of recycling 55% by 2016 and 60% in the longer term not only means that Leeds will be cleaner and greener, but it helps us avoid landfill taxes which is increasingly important in these difficult financial times.”



Brown bins can be used to dispose of grass and hedge cuttings, fruit which has fallen to the ground, leaves, dead house or bedding plants, weeds, twigs and small branches.



Brown bin contents are composted. Last year the council collected 41,610 tonnes of garden waste.



To help keep bin collections running smoothly, residents are asked to put bins out by 7am on collection day and taken back in as soon as is practical once emptied.



The city’s eight household waste sorting sites are open throughout the year to recycle a range of items including garden waste.



For media enquiries please contact:

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

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



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