The first areas to benefit from more frequent recycling collections have been unveiled by Leeds City Council.
Around 40,000 homes will be the first to switch to the new alternate weekly bin collections.
This includes properties in Kippax and Methley, Garforth and Swillington, Morley North, Morley South and Ardsley and Robin Hood wards.
It’s anticipated that the new service – which will see green bins being emptied one week and black bins emptied the next week – will start in April 2013.
The wards have been chosen because people in these areas recycle a high percentage of their waste with less rubbish going in their black bins, destined for landfill.
Residents who have been embracing the reduce, reuse and recycle message have been asking for more regular green bin pick-ups. The council spent £9.2million in tax to dump rubbish in landfill last year and this landfill tax bill is set to go up £1.5million a year.
As well as being led by demand, the new collections are a key part of the council’s plans to up recycling rates and slash what it has to pay in these taxes.
Evidence from other councils who operate alternate weekly collections shows that the amount of rubbish collected in black bins decreases and the amount of recycling collected increases, helping them save money and cutting carbon emissions.
In Rothwell, people who already have their bins emptied on the alternate weekly collection system and weekly food waste collections, recycle significantly more – 53% compared to the city-wide average of 28%.
Residents who will be taking part in the first phase of the city-wide roll out can expect to receive detailed information in the new year. Details can’t be confirmed yet as the council is still waiting to find out if a bid for DCLG funding to provide weekly food waste collections to 254,000 homes across Leeds has been successful.
To accommodate the improved service, collection days may change across the city, not just in the affected wards. Residents will be advised of any changes well in advance.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:
“It’s a massive logistical task to make sure the right resources are in place to meet the demand for more frequent recycling collections. Our plans to get this up and running are progressing well.
“The changes represent a massive step up in convenience for people who want to be able to recycle more at home. The current system doesn’t meet our residents needs and we’re confident that an efficient, reliable, fortnightly service will go some way to helping us hit our recycling targets of 55% by 2016.
“We appreciate that the new system will take a little time to get used to, so we’re committed to keeping residents up to date about what is happening and when.”
Residents on affected routes will receive a letter early in the new year, followed by a householder information pack.
If you have any feedback about waste services in Leeds or would like to report any concerns about bins please call 0113 222 4406.
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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577