Monday, 15 February 2010

First delivery of Rothwell recycling trial bins

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Caption: Councillor James Monaghan with 'waste doctor' Yassir Manan and one of the new food waste caddies.

A new trial recycling scheme has begun in Rothwell as part of the council's plans to recycle over half of Leeds waste by 2020.

Over 8,000 households in Rothwell are taking part in the six-month trial of improved recycling collections designed by Leeds City Council to help the city step up its recycling and composting rates and reduce the amount of waste buried in landfill.

The new recycling scheme includes:
• a weekly collection of food waste.
• fortnightly collections of paper, card, cans and plastic in a green bin;
• fortnightly collection of garden waste in a brown bin except in December, January and February when it will be emptied every four weeks;
• fortnightly collection of the black general waste bin; and

As well as receiving a detailed information pack on how to use the new services, four brand new council 'waste doctors' are available to visit properties to answer any questions about the new services and provide practical support to residents to help them to recycle more. The first of the new collections will take place in Rothwell on 22nd February.

Council research has shown that up to 30% of the total weight of Leeds households’ black bins is food waste. This could be as much as 40,000 tonnes a year. This waste is currently sent to landfill sites where it rots releasing harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

Under the new scheme residents will be able to put any food waste straight into a convenient small kitchen caddy inside the house, and then transfer it to a larger food waste bin outside, which will be collected weekly. As part of the trial, households have been given a choice of sizes of outside food waste bin to meet their needs.

The trial will be closely monitored and evaluated before any longer term decisions are made about future recycling services.

Councillor James Monaghan, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for environmental services, said:
“While we’re encouraged that residents in Leeds are recycling more than ever, we want to find ways to be recycling over half of all household waste by 2020, by providing a range of services that work well for residents.
“We know residents are keen to recycle as much as they can, so we’ve chosen to trial increased recycling collections and separate collection of food waste in Rothwell.
“One of the many benefits of this trial is that residents will actually have their green bins collected more regularly – boosting recycling still further.
“Rothwell residents are among the best recyclers in Leeds and we know that they will help to make the trial a great success and to help Leeds to reduce the amount of waste buried in the ground.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937