Garden bin collections to start again

Garden bin collections are set to resume following the winter suspension of the service.

Collections of the brown bins will re-start from Monday 4 March.

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

The bins can be filled with grass and hedge cuttings, fruit which has fallen to the ground, leaves, dead house or bedding plants, weeds, twigs and small branches.

Regularly reviewing collection routes allows the council to provide an efficient and reliable service. This includes making changes to the garden waste collection dates of some households.

These households will be notified in writing of any changes to their collections

To help keep the 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.

Collection dates, including any changes, can be checked on the council’s website.

To help residents keep on track with their collections, 2013 garden waste collection calendars have been distributed. Unfortunately, by mistake, some calendars have been sent to households which don't have a brown bin. Residents will be receiving an apology for this error.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“Following the lull in demand, I hope residents will get back into full swing with their garden waste recycling.

“We’re continually striving to make improvements to services and we’re confident that changes will further improve recycling services in Leeds.

“Not only is burying waste in the ground detrimental to the environment, but it is costly. I sincerely hope people will continue to recycle to make Leeds cleaner and greener.”

The city’s nine 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