Leeds is the second largest local authority in the UK.
On average, every household in Leeds produces 590kg of household waste per year – which is the equivalent weight of 6 baby elephants!
With 342,150 households in the city, this equals a massive 166,100 tonnes of waste per year.
We currently recycle nearly 44% of our waste - which in 2014 was equal to the weight of 2,166 double decker buses.
However in the same year, we threw away enough black bin waste to fill Headingley Carnegie Stadium one and a half times.
Our vision is to reduce waste and improve recycling in Leeds. We are achieving this through the introduction of alternate weekly collections and closer working with reuse charities. Part of this work is the creation of our new Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) at Cross Green.
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility
The RERF – managed by Veolia, uses state-of-the-art modern technology and engineering to recover recyclables and energy from black bin waste. As we reduce our use of landfill sites, we also reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.
The RERF will realise huge savings, which can be used for other improvements or valued services. Testing of some machinery at the RERF is taking place from October. During this, steam will be seen and noise from the site will be higher than normal. For more information, please see the attached newsletter under the Documents section.
We will increase the amounts of Leeds’ black bin waste taken to the RERF as we phase out the use of landfill sites. The facility should be completed and fully commissioned in March 2016. The RERF’s modern construction and cutting-edge features provide an environment where up to 165,200 tonnes of black bin residential black bin waste per year will be safely and efficiently processed. It is an iconic timber-framed building, hosting the largest living wall in the UK.