Next round of new bin collections start next week

Recycling advisers are on hand to help people move to the new bin service.

More frequent recycling collections for another 113,000 Leeds homes start next week.

The shift to the new bin service on Monday 18 November means that around half of all Leeds households will have black bins emptied one week and green bins emptied the next.

The latest figures show that residents already receiving the new service are recycling 30% more waste.

It’s hoped that by enabling more residents to recycle more frequently at home, more waste will be diverted from landfill and the city's overall recycling rates will go up even further.

80% of homes in Leeds will have the new service by 2015. By then, the council expects to save £2.5 million a year by spending less on expensive landfill taxes. The savings will pay for vital council services.

To help residents make a smooth transition to the new service, all suitable households in phase two are now receiving a helpful information pack.

If households in the target areas have not received an information pack, it is likely that their home will be included in a future phase of the new bin collections.

Residents are also being supported by a team of recycling advisers. The advisers have been stopping off at church halls, leisure centres, libraries and shopping areas in west, north west and north east Leeds offering local residents their expertise and knowledge to help cut waste and recycle more.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“Next week marks the next phase of one of the biggest changes to bin services in Leeds. By introducing these changes in increments, we can support residents and staff through the transition on to the new collection schedule.

“The evidence from the first stage shows that it works; the environmental and financial arguments for more frequent green bin collections stack up.

“But that doesn’t mean we can sit back and be complacent. We’re continually striving to make improvements to our recycling services so we can recycle 55% by 2016.”

Some of the success of the first phase of the new bin service has been due to the ‘no side waste policy’.

The ‘no side waste policy’ – a phased approach to stopping the collection of additional bags of rubbish put out with black bins – encourages residents to make the most of their green recycling bin.

Following a short adjustment period, crews will stop collecting bags of rubbish put out with black bins. The council’s recycling advisers will be on hand to offer their support if required.

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.

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.

Recycling advisers can be found at their roadshows on:

Wednesday 13 November, 10am – 4pm at the main shopping area, Town Street, Horsforth

Thursday 14 November, 11am – 1pm at the shopping area on Silk Mill Drive, Weetwood

Friday 15 November, 11am – 1pm at the shopping area on Iveson Approach, Weetwood

Saturday 16 November, 10am – 1pm at Pudsey Leisure Centre, Market Place, Pudsey

Tuesday 19 November, 10am – 4pm at Bramley Library, Hough Lane, Bramley

Wednesday 20 November, 10am – 4pm at Wetherby Market, Wetherby

Thursday 21 November, 10am – 4pm at Moor Allerton Library, Moor Allerton Centre

Saturday 23 November, 10am – 4pm at Otley Market, Market Square, Otley

For media enquiries please contact:

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

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