Next Monday [18 November] will see the beginning of more frequent recycling collections for another 113,000 Leeds homes, including for those here in Adel and Wharfedale.
Black bins will be emptied one week and green bins the next. So the collection of rubbish for recycling will move on to a much more frequent basis.
The new bin service is already in place for 56,000 households in the south and south-east of Leeds.
It’s now being introduced in other areas – including the ward of Adel and Wharfedale. More details here.
The new system is producing real improvements in recycling. The latest figures show that residents already receiving the new service are recycling 30% more waste. It’s hoped this positive trend can continue in phase two, so that we’ll see even more waste diverted from landfill and the city’s overall recycling rates rise even further.
There are obvious benefits for the Council’s Green agenda, and there’s a boost for Council finances, too. 80% of homes in Leeds will have the new service by 2015. By then, the council expects to save £2.5 million a year by spending less on expensive landfill taxes. The savings will pay for other vital council services, including some of those badly affected by Coalition cuts in Local Government finance.
Those affected will already have received information about the new service. Residents will be supported by a team of recycling advisers throughout this process to make sure the transition is a smooth one.
Councillor Mark Dobson, Labour’s Executive Member for the Environment, said: “Next week marks the next phase of one of the biggest changes to bin services in Leeds. By introducing these changes in increments, we can support residents and staff through the transition on to the new collection schedule.
“The evidence from the first stage shows that it works; the environmental and financial arguments for more frequent green bin collections stack up.
“But that doesn’t mean we can sit back and be complacent. We’re continually striving to make improvements to our recycling services so we can recycle 55% by 2016.”
That’s the Council’s aim – to recycle 55% of Leeds waste by 2016, with a long term target of 60%.
And we’ll be doing our bit – more – for the planet here in Adel and Wharfedale from next Monday.