Council chiefs in Leeds say there has been a 23 per cent drop in the amount of household waste going to landfill during the first 12 weeks of fortnightly bin collections.
Phase one of the ‘alternate week’ black and green bin collections were launched earlier this year at 56,000 homes in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley and Robin Hood.
A report to next Wednesday’s meeting of Leeds City Council’s Executive Board reveals targets have been met to increase the amount of waste to be recycled and cut levels of waste sent to landfill.
The report states: “In the first 12 weeks of the scheme there has been a 23 per cent decrease in the amount of waste sent to landfill from households in the Phase One area. Based on this data there is increasing confidence that the full roll out of alternate weekly collections to 80 per cent of the city will generate the forecasted savings of £2.5m per annum.”
People living across north and west Leeds are due to receive ‘alternate week’ black and green bin collections this month.
The new service will provide two black and two green bin collections every four weeks to residents living in Adel and Wharfedale, Alwoodley, Bramley and Stanningley, Calverley and Farsley, Guiseley and Rawdon, Harewood, Horsforth, Middleton Park, Otley and Yeadon, Pudsey and Wetherby.
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.
Since the service launched in April, the council says that residents have recycled more, and less waste has been sent to landfill. Leeds City Council is seeking to recycle 55 per cent of household waste by 2016.
The local authority also wants to ‘recover value’ from 90 per cent of all household waste by 2020.
In 2012/13, figures show more than 40 per cent of household waste in Leeds was recycled, with 24,000 fewer tonnes of waste sent to landfill than the previous year.
In June this year, the city recycled over half of its waste for the first time, achieving a figure of 52 per cent.