Leeds: ‘Recycling soaring’ with new bin rounds

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new fortnightly bin collections have seen recycling rates in some parts of Leeds shoot up by more than 40 percent, claim council bosses.

The new bin service - with black and green bins collected on alternate weeks - was introduced to 56,000 homes in April.

And the authority says it has led to an additional 561 tonnes of waste being recycled in the first twelve weeks of the more frequent green bin collections – more than the wight of a jumbo jet.

The scheme has also meant many people’s bin collection dates are changing.

Bosses hope the success of the scheme so far will help speed up the rolling out of fortnightly collection to 80 per cent of households in the city by 2014/15, and ultimately help them save £2.5m a year by slashing landfill costs.

Phase one of the ‘alternate week’ black and green bin collections were launched earlier this year in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley and Robin Hood.

Phase two, rolling out from next month, will include all suitable 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.

Coun Mark Dobson, Leeds city council’s executive member for the environment, said: “The results from this first phase of the new bin service are really encouraging. I’d like to thank residents and collection crews again for their hard work so far in making such a great start.

“We appreciate that this is a massive shift in how we deal with waste.

“But it’s a necessary one to ensure we can reap the financial and environmental benefits.”

Leeds City Council has a target to recycle 55 per cent of household waste by 2016. It also wants to ‘recover value’ from 90 per cent of all household waste by 2020.

To accommodate the new bin service, people may find that their bin day has to change.

Bin collection days can be checked out at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Check-your-bin-day.aspx.

- How has the introduction of new fortnightly collections affected you? Call 0113 2388917.

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