Waste policies to encourage more recycling

Working with and supporting residents is the key theme in policies setting out how the council collects rubbish and recycling and what residents are expected to do.

The four proposed policies for the council’s main waste and recycling services will be formalised when Executive Board meets on Wednesday 22 January.

The policies offer residents a clear picture of how the council delivers these services and what residents’ responsibilities are.

The range of services covered by the policies complement one another and encourages residents to reduce waste first, re-use where possible and then recycle, leaving disposal of waste in landfill as a last resort.

Collecting around two million wheeled bins each month, the focus on mutual support means the council can provide an effective and efficient bin service.

Although the draft documents clarify existing practice in most cases, there are some alterations to services proposed.

If approved, the council would continue to offer a free bulky waste collection service with three collections per household a year.

Analysis shows that only 8% of Leeds residents requested a bulky uplift in 2012/13 and 3% of these residents – only 673 households – used the service three times or more.

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

“Residents quite rightly expect us to empty their bins and we want to do this efficiently and effectively.

“These policies clearly set out the complementary services we’ll provide; how we’ll support residents in reducing waste and how to make the most of the re-use and recycling services available. They also explain resident’s responsibilities and the simple steps residents can take to make services run smoothly.

“We’re confident that by continuing to work with residents we’ll increase the amount we recycle to reap the environmental and financial benefits.”

If approved, the policies would come into effect immediately.

The draft policies relate to the standard wheeled bin services the council provides. As these types of bins aren’t suitable for all properties, the council will continue to develop dedicated waste collection services. Once approved, these solutions would be added to the policies.

The report to councillors also discusses the ongoing work the council is doing to establish a single point of contact for all Leeds based furniture re-use organisations. Many items picked up by the council’s bulky collection service could be re-used by other organisations. This would provide a more efficient and bespoke service to customers while reducing waste.

Information on the full range of recycling services, bin collections and recycling centres can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk

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

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