Fortnightly bin collections are set to be rolled out to tens of thousands more homes in Leeds.
People living across north and west Leeds will have ‘alternate week’ black and green bin collections from next month.
The new service will provide two black and two green bin collections every four weeks.
It is part of a council-led masterplan that aims to have 80 per cent of the city operating under the new service by 2014/15
Leeds City Council expects to save around £2.5m by introducing the alternate week collections.
The scheme is being driven forward after the service launched earlier this year in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley and Robin Hood.
Preparations are under way to implement the next phase to homes in Adel and Wharfedale, Alwoodley, Bramley and Stanningley, Calverley and Farsley, Guiseley and Rawdon, Harewood, Horsforth, Middleton Park, Otley and Yeadon, Pudsey and Wetherby.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said: “Bin collections are one of the most visible council services and changes on this scale mean we need to take a considered, staged approach.
“The evidence from phase one clearly shows that we can up the amount of recycling we collect and send less to landfill by increasing the frequency of green bin collections.
“Our experience of introducing this service to 56,000 homes back in April and the lessons we’ve learned means that we can help everyone through the changes.
“With residents continued support, we can maintain and exceed our recycling ambitions.”
Since the service launched in April, the council claims that residents have recycled more and less waste has been sent to landfill. The YEP revealed that Leeds is under increasing pressure to reduce the amount of rubbish it sends to landfill.
The authority pays £72 per tonne of waste that is buried in landfill tax – a fee that increases by £8 per tonne each year. Each wagon must also pay a ‘gate fee’ to enter a dumping site. The waste from black bins cost Leeds City Council around £9.2m in tax in 2011/12.
This figure is forecast to grow by £1.5m a year unless something is done.