Road shows to help people with new bin services

Local residents are
invited to the first in a series of road shows to find out more about new bin

Recycling advisers will be
on hand at Garforth One Stop Centre and Library on Wednesday 17 April from 9.30am
until 3.00pm to chat to people who will be the first to switch to the new
alternate weekly bin collections.

From 29 April, around
50,000 homes in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley and
Robin Hood will have their green bins emptied one week and their black bins
emptied the next week.

With residents asking for
more frequent green bin collections the new service is part of the council’s
plan to up the amount of waste the city recycles.

People will have the
opportunity to recycle more at home once their green bins are picked up more
frequently, helping the council reach its target of recycling 55% by 2016.

The events will give
people the opportunity to ask any questions about the new service and get
advice on how to make the most of their green bin.

As well as reducing
harmful emissions, recycling reuses valuable resources and saves the council
substantial amounts of money.

Last year the council paid
over £9 million to dump rubbish in landfill sites and this bill set to rise by
£1.5 million a year unless the amount of waste thrown away is reduced.

Money saved by recycling
can be spent on providing vital council services.

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

“Without a big change in
how often we collect waste we won’t be able to harness the environmental and
financial benefits of recycling. We’re looking to build on the success that
other authorities have seen once this type of service has been introduced.

 “We also know that people
need time to get used to the upcoming changes. So, recycling advisers are here
to help people get the most out of the more frequent service.

“We’d like people to join
us at the events and ask us any questions they have to help the transition to
alternate weekly bin collections go as smoothly as possible.”

The team of recycling advisors
will also be visiting Rothwell One Stop Centre on Thursday 18 April from 9.30am
to 4.00pm and Morley Town Hall on Friday 19 April from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

As well as the events,
recycling advisors will be out and about in the community, going door-to-door
to offer support as the new service is rolled out. The recycling advisors are
easily identifiable and carry Leeds City Council official identification.

Residents have also
received an initial letter to introduce the changes which will be followed up
with a handy information pack.

The council’s website (http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/New-bin-service.aspx)
also provides information on the introduction of the new bin service and a
helpful calendar to let people check their bin day (http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Check-your-bin-day.aspx).

To accommodate the more
frequent collection of green bins in the first areas, other homes in other
areas not yet receiving the new service may find that their bin day has to
change. New dates can be checked on the online bin calendar.

For media enquiries please contact:

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