Leeds bin crews praised for 'amazing' work despite waste increase during lockdown

Leeds Council has said its bin crews are doing an 'amazing job' despite an increase in waste during lockdown.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 6:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 6:58 pm

The council has cut some of its services in line with restrictions on movement, with all public bins out of use and garden waste collection (brown bins) suspended.

But bin crews, who are key workers, are continuing to provide green and black bin collections as normal, despite reduced staff numbers.

Waste has increased by 20 per cent during lockdown as residents spend more time at home.

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Leeds Council tweeted: "Our bin crews are doing an amazing job continuing to prioritise emptying bins despite some teams in self-isolation and a 20% increase in waste.

"As soon as we feel able to restart garden waste collections we will. Until then, @ZeroWasteLeeds has handy tips on reducing your rubbish."

Praise poured in for bin crews with residents praising their efforts in keeping collections running.

West Yorkshire Police officer Ste Richardson said: "Thank you for all you are doing. Such an essential service maintained by dedicated key workers."

While @GlassSuitcase added: "Thank you for emptying our bins, we leave thank you signs out for our wonderful bin men every week."

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