Waste services continue on bank holiday

Anyone taking advantage of the upcoming holiday weekend to do DIY or have a clear out can continue to recycle their waste as the city’s recycling sites will be open.

Staff will be on hand to offer people advice on what items can be re-used or recycled at the nine household waste sorting sites.

Bins are also being collected this bank holiday across the city – including those that have moved to the more frequent bin collection service.

People in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley, Robin Hood, a small part of New Farnley and additional properties in Rothwell now have their green recycling bins picked up one week and their blacks bin the following week.

Regardless of where you live in the city, if your collection day is a Monday, bins will be picked up as usual. Bins should be out by 7am.

If in any doubt about what day your bin is collected, you can check the online bin calendar at http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Check-your-bin-day.aspx.

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

“Even though it’s a bank holiday, it’s business as usual for our waste services.

“With an extra day off, you may be doing a spot of DIY or having a good old clean out. Some of what you may want to throw away can be put to use elsewhere rather than going to landfill.

“People should make the most of the services available throughout the year to help keep Leeds clean and green.”

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.

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.

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.

Information about the new bin service can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/newbinservice.

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