A mix-up over brown bins has left council bosses in Leeds red-faced.
Calendars listing brown bin collection dates for 2013 were sent out to homes in the city ahead of the resumption of the service yesterday. (March 4)
Now, however, it has emerged that the Labour-run city council mistakenly sent calendars to some homes that have no brown bin.
In a statement on its website, the council said: “Residents will be receiving an apology for this error.”
The Lib Dem group on the council today branded the situation as “a shambles.”
Coun Jonathan Bentley, the group’s spokesman for the environment, said: “It is ridiculous that the council has once again failed to provide accurate information to homes across Leeds about waste collection.
“The council is frittering away taxpayers’ money, sending out leaflets to incorrect households and then having to rectify its mistakes.
“Bin collections are one of the highest profile services that we provide.
“It is therefore of utmost importance that we ensure that we give residents accurate information at all times.”
The Lib Dem group said a total of 200,000 calendars had been distributed, with “many” of those reportedly going to the wrong properties.
Brown bins in Leeds are used for the disposal of grass and hedge cuttings, leaves, dead house or bedding plants, weeds and small branches.
They are normally emptied every two weeks from March to November.
The bins are not emptied during December, January and February when demand for the service is low.
Talking about the resumption of the service, Coun Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment said: “Following the lull in demand, I hope residents will get back into full swing with their garden waste recycling.
“We’re continually striving to make improvements to services and we’re confident that changes will further improve recycling services in Leeds.
“Not only is burying waste in the ground detrimental to the environment, but it is costly. I sincerely hope people will continue to recycle to make Leeds cleaner and greener.”