Leeds' Integrated Waste Strategy 2005 to 2035
Our waste strategy is a long term plan which sets out how we will encourage people to reduce waste, recycle more and stop valuable resources being sent to landfill. We keep the plan up to date by producing annual action plans to make sure we meet our targets and residents' needs.
We have made lots of progress since we adopted the Strategy in 2006 when our recycling rate was 20%. Thanks to you, we now recycle over 40% of household waste.
We aim to recycle 55% of our waste by 2016, with a long term target of 60%.
To get to this target, we have introduced an alternate weekly collection so that your recycling bin gets emptied more often. We are continuing to improve the services we offer to increase the amount of materials we can accept for recycling.
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility
Veolia Environmental Services have been appointed to build a high-tech waste plant to treat our black bin waste and stop it going to landfill.
This plant will remove any recyclable materials and then what’s left over will be burnt under tightly controlled conditions. This will produce enough electricity to power around 20,000 homes and any extra heat could be used by local businesses and new housing in the Aire Valley.
Construction has started at the site which is next to the East Leeds Link Road in the Cross Green Industrial Estate.