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Fears south Leeds families are being ‘let down’ by recycling push

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Council bosses have been accused of ‘letting down’ thousands of families who want to take part in a groundbreaking recycling scheme.

Residents in Rothwell claim they are faced with having to pay for ‘green’ bin liners or drop out of the successful food waste recycling scheme after it was claimed bin liner supplies have run out for a second time.

The collections were started in the south Leeds community nearly three years ago when fortnightly bin collections were introduced.

The YEP reported council officials had assured residents that the scheme would not be withdrawn following a shortage of bags last year.

But local councillor Stewart Golton claims residents are being told to purchase their own food waste liners following a recent shortage.

Coun Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) said: “The food liners are essential as it make food recycling a cleaner experience for families.

“Without them, households are effectively filling a slop bucket which is not acceptable.

“Council bosses pay lip service to supporting food waste collection but their actions prove otherwise.

“Time after time I have residents calling me and complaining that they cannot get hold of food waste liners because the council supply has dried up.

“I’m not sure if it is incompetence or indifference but it is certainly unfair and needs sorting out.

“It is such a shame as the idea behind the scheme is well liked and supported by the residents in my ward but the execution has been a shambles.”

A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said:“We ask any household that runs out of food recycling bags to leave the tag they get with their original pack of bags on their bin, to notify our bin men that a new pack of bags needs to be delivered.

“We are currently awaiting another delivery of recycling bags and will happily deliver new packs to any household that alerts us to the fact they need more.

”If for any reason residents find themselves without bags then newspaper is a compostable and degradable material that is more than suitable as a replacement.”

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