ALTERNATE weekly bin collections - with black bins collected one week, and green bins the next - are to be rolled out to 36,000 new Leeds homes later this summer.
By August, all suitable homes in Crossgates and Whinmoor, Killingbeck and Seacroft and Temple Newsam will have the new service.
At the same time, some properties in Burmantofts and Richmond Hill, Gipton and Harehills and Roundhay will also move to the new bin service.
It means 60 per cent of the city will soon be recycling more frequently.
Currently, around 170,000 homes in Leeds have the fortnightly black/green bin service.
It is expected that the rest of the city will be covered by the new service by early 2015.
Previously, the city had weekly black bin collections and just one monthly green bin round.
Evidence from those parts of the city that already receive the new bin service show that more recycling is collected.
City waste management bosses say that since the phased rollout of the new bin service started, black bin waste going to landfill has been cut by 6,500 tonnes saving the council £500,000. They say this is money that can be invested in delivering other vital services.
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds’s executive member for the environment, said: “Rolling the new bin service out in stages was a deliberate move to ensure that we could plan and implement the changes while helping residents adapt.
“This approach is paying off with recycling on the up.
“With continued support from residents we can maintain and exceed our recycling ambitions.”
The first pilot fortnightly bin collection was mooted in 2011 as the council tried to meet strict targets on waste sent to landfill.
The authority says that, as with previous rollouts of the new service, affected families will be informed and receive their information pack well in advance of any changes. The council’s team of recycling advisers will also be on hand to help householders make the transition to fortnightly collections.
Residents without a green bin can request one at www.leeds.gov.uk/newbins.
If you don’t have internet access you can call 0113 2224406 to request a green bin.
Residents keen to get into the swing of recycling now can find details of the new service at www.leeds.gov.uk/newbinservice or www.facebook.com/leedswastedocs or by following @leedswastedocs on Twitter.
Bin collection days can be checked at www.leeds.gov.uk/ Check-your-bin-day.aspx.
In the meantime, residents are reminded that bins should be put out by 7am on collection day and put away as soon as possible.