Leeds City Council has revealed the 10 communities which could be the first to lose weekly bin collections.
An analysis of the city’s recycling and rubbish rates found the Kippax and Methley; Garforth and Swillington; Rothwell; Ardsley and Robin Hood; Morley North; Morley South; Guiseley and Rawdon; Horsforth; Adel and Wharfedale; and Otley and Yeadon wards were the most ‘suitable’ for fortnightly collections.
These wards already do the best in terms of how much they recycle and how much they keep out of their black bins, it was said at a meeting of the Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Board yesterday.
But architects of the initiative have not yet fully decided whether to trial the scheme in the 10 most suitable wards – which are scattered across the south, south east and north west parts of the city – or to launch the changes in one geographical corner.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member of Leeds City Council with responsibility for environmental services, said: “We have a logistical job to decide whether we want to take a fragmented approach to [the pilot] or introduce it in one big wedge of the city.
“One thing that we have learned is not to rush our decisions.”
From February next year Leeds City Council plans to roll out an ‘alternate week’ black and green bin service to 40,000 homes.
If the pilot is successful the changes will be introduced to 80 per cent of all homes in Leeds by 2014/15, said Susan Upton, head of waste management, yesterday. (Sept 10)
On a monthly cycle it would mean the average householder would go from having four black bin collections and one green bin collection to two of each.
Primarily the aim is to reduce landfill and save money. Leeds City Council is forecasted to spend £16m in landfill tax in the next 12 months, said coun Dobson.
Not all residents are going to welcome the changes.
Amani Elsayed, who has trouble with bin collections in Burley, said: “If someone can guarantee there will be a collection every two weeks then that would be great but as it is they are failing to regularly collect on a weekly basis.”