Return to longer opening hours for recycling sites

With signs of spring starting to show through the snow, the city’s household waste sorting sites will be returning to longer opening hours.

The clocks going forward on March 31 means all nine recycling centres will stay open from 8am to 6pm from Monday 1 April.

The sites are open seven days a week so residents can re-use and recycle a wide variety of items.

Everything from paint to electrical appliances, engine oil to light bulbs and soil can be taken to the recycling centres, ensuring that valuable resources are turned into other products.

Each site also has a special container so that any unwanted household items – furniture, bikes or bric-a-brac – can be donated and put to good use by local charities.

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

“The range of things that can be re-used and recycled at these sites is quite amazing. Things that people might think have no further use could be exactly what someone else needs, or component parts can be extracted and turned into something else.

“We’d like to encourage people to make full use of the recycling facilities available. We need to ensure as little as possible is sent to landfill to avoid the environmental impact and financial costs of landfill tax, so the return to longer opening hours is ideal.”

A full list of household waste sorting sites and the range of materials that can be re-used and recycled at each can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Recyclingsites.aspx.

Revive, the re-use shop, can be found at the East Leeds recycling centre. Run by a community interest group made up of local charities Emmaus, SLATE and SVP, unwanted items can be donated and sold back to the public at low prices.

Residents that need to use a van to bring items to the recycling sites can only do so on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Businesses can take their waste to the Kirkstall Road or East Leeds recycling sites only and relevant charges will apply.

For media enquiries please contact:

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

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