Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Bin wagons drive home the recycling message

Caption: Cllr Jamie Matthews unveils the recycling message displayed on the side of bin wagons.

Bin wagons in Leeds are being used to help drive home the recycling message.

Colourful posters are being displayed on the side of the city’s recycling collection vehicles to raise resident’s awareness of using green recycling bins.

The campaign aims to remind people that cans, cards, paper and plastics can be squashed and flattened and put into the green bin to help them recycle as much waste as possible.

Councillor Jamie Matthews, lead member for environmental services, said:
“The recycling refuse wagons are easily recognisable and travel the length and breadth of the city so it’s a cost effective way to use them for promoting the recycling message whilst they are picking up residents recycling waste.

“We know that the majority of the contents of an average household bin can be recycled and so we want to get residents thinking carefully about what they are putting in their household bin and how to make the most of the kerbside collection.”

People in Leeds are recycling more each year. Early indications show that around 30% of household waste was recycled during the last 12 months, which is up from 26% for 2007/8. The council wants to increase that to 34% during 2009/10 and at least 50 per cent by 2020.

Five of the council’s green bin collection wagons have had the posters fitted and have taken to the road.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Laura Ferris, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335