New bin service underway

 Councillor Mark Dobson joins collection staff on the first day of more frequent recycling collections.

More frequent green bin collections will allow residents to recycle more at home.

More frequent recycling collections for around 50,000 Leeds homes has started.

Homes in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley, Robin Hood, a small part of New Farnley and additional properties in Rothwell will now have their black bin emptied one week and green bin emptied the next.

People have told the council, as part of a consultation on its waste strategy, that if recycling bins are emptied more often then they won't need their black bins emptied each week.

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.

The switch will also have environmental benefits with valuable resources being turned into new goods and cutting harmful carbon emissions from waste.

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.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk