Recycling site closing to make way for school

The council’s Harehills recycling centre is set to close on Wednesday 28 August.

The Stanley Road site has been earmarked for closure as part of long-term plans for the construction of a new school to meet high demand for primary school places in the area.

Alternative recycling facilities are available at the nearby Seacroft (East Leeds) recycling centre as well the Meanwood Road and Kirkstall Road sites.

Following a review of recycling facilities, the Stanley Road site was found to have the lowest recycling rate of all nine centres across the city. On average, nearly two-thirds of all the waste taken to all the centres is recycled.

Along with kerbside collections and recycling at bring sites, this means the city’s overall recycling rate is now at the highest it’s ever been – 40.2% for 2012/13 – and the closure isn’t expected to hamper the council’s plans to recycle even more.

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

“We’re totally committed to increasing the amount we recycle. Our recent recycling rates and the improvements we’re seeing with upgraded services like the revamped East Leeds recycling site and more frequent recycling collections to some 56,000 properties, means we’re on track to meet our recycling targets.

“Anyone from the area wishing to re-use and recycle can make full use of the facilities at our other nearby recycling centres and bring sites as well as the many charities and re-use organisations across the city who’ll happily take unused and unwanted items.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services, said:

“This marks an important step for us in being able to meet demand for school places in this area and manage pressures city-wide.

“Incorporating the land that the recycling site currently occupies means we can offer an improved location for a much needed school.

“Ensuring we have enough school places for all children and young people is a high priority for us and we’re working hard to mitigate the impact of rising pupil numbers across the city.”

Information on recycling facilities can be found on the council’s website http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Recyclingsites.aspx.

Information on where and how to donate household goods and furniture can also be found on the council’s website http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/ReUse.aspx.


A planning application for the new Nightingale Primary School is due to be submitted.

The school will be a two form entry to accommodate up to 420 children as well as a 26 place nursery.

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