23 Mar 2021

Household Waste Recycling Centres to extend opening hours and increase visitor slots

Environmental Services

Opening hours at all Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are set to be extended from next week and the number of slots available to book throughout the day at each site also increased, Leeds City Council has confirmed.

From Monday 29 March, each of the city’s eight HWRCs will be open for a further two hours a day from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week. With social distancing restrictions continuing to be in place at each site due to coronavirus, and to ensure a safe and quick experience for customers and staff, residents are still required to book a slot for a visit at this current time. As a result however of the extension in opening hours and overall increase in booking slots at each site, the amount available to residents will significantly increase by 80% to 3,600 a day (25,000 per week).

Residents can dispose for free at all Leeds HWRC sites items such as garden waste and unwanted household items such as broken furniture/beds, electrical goods, white goods, mattresses and toys. To book a slot, or to find out more about our HWRCs please see: www.leeds.gov.uk/recycling

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and active lifestyles, said:

“It is fantastic news that from next week, we will be able to extend the opening hours at each of our eight city HWRCs for an extra two hours per day and increase the number of slots available.  This will mean there are 80% more visitor slots available per day which is extremely positive.

“The fact that we have been able to implement this change is a reflection of the continued dedication of our staff, who day-in, day-out, are working incredibly hard to ensure that the safety of customers and colleagues at all our sites is absolutely paramount.  I would also like to pass on my thanks to the people of Leeds for their support and patience when visiting our HWRCs. Your assistance has been tremendous, and contributed massively to ensuring the changes implemented have been able to run smoothly. As a result Leeds has not seen the long queues and limits on types of waste that can be taken which have affected many other towns and cities.”

For media enquiries contact:

Colin Dickinson
Leeds City Council
colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk