New bin collections start next week

More frequent recycling collections for 50,000 Leeds homes start next week.

The new bin service – which will see black bins emptied one week and green bins emptied the next – starts on Monday 29 April.



What: Councillor Mark Dobson will join a crew as they pick up recycling on one of the first, new collections. Interview opportunities are available with Councillor Dobson and photo opportunities available with Councillor Dobson and the collection staff.

Where: Fairburn Drive area, Garforth

When: Monday 29 April at approximately 12.15 for 20 minutes only.

Time with collection staff is strictly limited to 20 minutes - please contact Amanda Burns (0113 395 1577 or amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk) to arrange interview/filming/photo requests. An exact meeting time and location will be confirmed on the day.


People living in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley, Robin Hood, a small part of New Farnley and additional properties in Rothwell are now to receive the more regular recycling collections.

By 2015 the service will be rolled out to 80% of homes in Leeds when the council expects to save £2.5 million a year; funds that will pay for vital council services.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“Next week marks an important step in our plans to make recycling easier and to vastly reduce the amount of otherwise reusable items that go to landfill.

“It has taken a considerable amount of behind-the-scenes planning to get us to this point and we’re keen to get the service underway.

“Our experience of introducing this service in Rothwell in 2010 plus the lessons learned from previous route changes, means we’re taking a considered, staged approach to such a massive change.

“And there is plenty of support on offer to residents at road shows, in communities and online, to help make the transition to the new service a smooth one.”

Upping the frequency of green recycling bin collections has been led by demand from Leeds residents. During a consultation on the council’s waste strategy, people told the council they wouldn’t need their black bins emptied each week if their recycling bin was emptied more often.

As well as financial savings, enabling residents to recycle more at home will have environmental benefits; valuable resources will be turned into new goods and harmful carbon emissions from waste will be cut.

Details of the new service can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/newbinservice or www.facebook.com/leedswastedocs or by following @leedswastedocs on Twitter.

To accommodate the more frequent collection of green bins, other homes not yet receiving the new service may find that their bin day has to change. Bin collection days can be checked at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Check-your-bin-day.aspx and will be updated with any revisions for the start of the service.

For media enquiries please contact:

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

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