In the run up to the launch of more frequent bin collections, information packs are being delivered to tens of thousands of Leeds residents.
A guide to the new service, a set of frequently asked questions and collection calendars will help residents prepare for changes being introduced on Monday 29 April.
Over 50,000 homes in Kippax , Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley and Robin Hood are the first to switch to the new collection system.
Residents will be able to recycle more with their green bins being emptied one week and their black bins emptied the next week.
The council will be able to save £1.5 million a year by giving residents greater opportunity to recycle at home. The savings largely come from recycling this waste instead of having to pay taxes to bury the otherwise re-usable and recyclable materials in the city’s landfill sites.
In keeping with the council’s recycling ethos, the money saved by increasing recycling will be re-invested in other council services.
With less waste rotting in landfill sites, the new bin system will also help the council put a significant dent into the amount of harmful carbon emissions being emitted needlessly.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:
“Residents have been calling for more frequent recycling collections so I’m sure many people will be pleased to see that the new service is nearing its go live date.
“Everything residents could need to help them prepare for the upcoming changes are in the packs. We appreciate that this is a big change so help is on hand should people have any questions.
“Every opportunity has been taken to keep affected residents up to date about the new service but if anyone has missed their introductory letter or information pack, they can still attend one of our road shows. Alternatively, there is a wealth of information about the new service – and all our recycling services – available on our website.”
Details of the new service can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/New-bin-service.aspx.
As well as 50,000 homes moving to the new bins service, an additional 3,500 people in the Rothwell area will have their food waste collected.
The weekly collection of kitchen scraps is an expansion of the already successful food waste collections in the area.
To accommodate the more frequent collection of green bins, other homes not yet receiving the new service may find that their bin day has to change. Bin collection days can be checked at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Check-your-bin-day.aspx.