Recycling on the up and successful start to new bin service

Caption: More recycling is being collected with the new bin service.

The most recent figures show that recycling in Leeds is on the up and less waste is going into black bins in areas receiving the new bin service.

In 2012/13, Leeds residents recycled 40.2% of their waste in kerbside bins and by recycling at household waste sorting sites and bring sites across the city. This means a whopping 24,000 less tonnes of waste has been sent to landfill compared to the previous year.

The city is set to move even closer to the target of recycling 55% of waste. 50,000 residents who have their green recycling bin collected one week and their black waste bin the next are now putting less rubbish in their black bins and more recyclables into their green bins than before the new service started

Residents in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley, Robin Hood, a small part of New Farnley and additional properties in Rothwell switched to the alternate weekly collections on Monday 29 April.

The introduction of the new service has gone smoothly with residents acting on the advice in their information packs. Residents have also been supported by recycling advisers.

To help people adapt to the new service in the first few weeks of operation, collection staff have been picking up bags of waste put out with black bins.

However, with people taking advantage of the improved service and creating more space in their black bins, crews will no longer be collecting bagged rubbish put out beside black bins on the new alternate weekly collection routes.

If households with the new bin service feel they wash, squash and recycle as much as possible but still can’t manage with the new service, a recycling adviser will be happy to visit residents to assess their individual circumstances and come up with a solution.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“Both residents and the collection crews have taken to the new service very well, and I’d like to thank everyone for working to make this a success.

“The change is a key part of our plans to recycle 55% by 2016. Last year’s figures demonstrate that we’re on the right track and the early indications from the new bin service show that we’ll be able to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill even further.”

Information on what can be recycled at household waste sorting sites and bring sites can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Recyclingsites.aspx.

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