MORE than 300,000 homes in Leeds are to receive special calendars to help drive up recycling rates in the city.
Recycle Week kicked off in Leeds with the distribution of the first of the city’s new recycling calendars.
With the national campaign focusing on recycling at home and away, the council hopes the calendars and accompanying information will help residents make the most of the kerbside recycling services and other facilities across the city.
The information they contain lets residents see at a glance the collection dates for their green bins up until December 2013.
There is also a reminder of what can be recycled in green and brown bins and the range of materials that can be taken to more than 400 ‘bring sites’ and the city’s nine household waste sorting sites.
With the quantity of gadgets that people are using on the rise, Leeds City Council is also offering recycling for small electrical items at eight new on-street recycling banks.
And for anyone who wants to be a bit more green-fingered, compost bins are being offered at a knock down price.
The overall total amount of waste recycled passed the 40 per cent mark on occasions last year.
The council has a target to achieve 55 per cent by 2015.
Coun Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said: “The feedback we get shows that people have a real appetite for recycling.
“Residents put in a massive amount of work, sorting and filling up their green bins, and we continue to be grateful for their efforts.
“Reducing what we send to landfill requires a real team effort, so we’re constantly looking at the best way to match people’s willingness to maximise the amount and range of things we recycle to the services we offer.”
He added: “With everything from fortnightly bin collections, more people getting garden waste collections and expanding food waste collections being looked at, we have a great opportunity to make Leeds significantly cleaner and greener whilst making great financial savings.”
The recycling calendars will be distributed between now and July 15.
For more information on recycling, visit the website at: www.leeds.gov.uk/recycleforleeds or call (0113) 2224406.