Leeds City Council has announced that 100,000 properties will benefit from more frequent recycling collections. The scheme, which has already been adopted by around 56,000 households across the city, will see residual waste collected once every fortnight, with recyclables collected in the intervening week.
The service was initially introduced in April this year due to demand from residents who, after a period of consultation on the council’s waste strategy, said that if the recycling bin was emptied on a more regular basis, they would be able to cut down on the amount of waste put into black bags. In the five months since the new collections were introduced, Leeds City Council has already been able to note a significant decrease in the levels of waste sent to landfill as well as an improved recycling rate.
The 100,000 new adoptees of the scheme will be sent an information pack with regard to dates and times of collection, and the council will also host roadshows and other events that will offer tips and advice for residents so that they can increase the amount of material they send for recycling.
Councillor Mark Dobson – “The evidence from phase one clearly shows that we can up the amount of recycling we collect and send less to landfill by increasing the frequency of green bin collections”
Leeds City Council executive member for the environment, Councillor Mark Dobson, said: “Bin collections are one of the most visible council services and changes on this scale means we need to take a considered, staged approach.
“The evidence from phase one clearly shows that we can up the amount of recycling we collect and send less to landfill by increasing the frequency of green bin collections. Our experience of introducing the service to 56,000 homes back in April and the lessons we’ve learned means that we can help everyone through the changes.
“With residents’ continued support we can maintain and exceed our recycling ambitions.”
The new collection service is scheduled to be implemented throughout November this year.
Leeds City Council expects that, by 2015, 80 percent of homes in the area will have the same recycling service in place, a move which is expected to save the council around £2.5m annually.