Monday, 1 February 2010

Garden waste collections resume across Leeds

The regular emptying of garden waste from brown bins has begun once again across Leeds.

The service was suspended over the Christmas and New Year holidays – the time of the year when demand is traditionally low.

Now that the service is back up and running residents are being told to put out their brown bin on their normal scheduled collection day ready for emptying.

Residents who are unsure about when their next collection day is can use the council’s website to check. Go to, enter the phrase ‘bin days’ into the search box (top right hand corner) and click the double arrow icon.

There are over 190,000 brown bins in Leeds and since the scheme started in 2006 more than 37,000 tonnes of waste has been collected and sent for composting instead of being buried in the ground.

The bins can be filled with grass and hedge cuttings, fruit which has fallen to the ground, leaves, dead house or bedding plants, weeds, twigs and small branches.

The brown bins are just one way waste from across Leeds is kept out of landfill.

The council also uses green bins to collect materials for recycling – with paper, cardboard, drinks cans and some plastics all accepted.

There are also 480 ‘bring sites’ across the city to enable the recycling of a range of materials locally including glass, paper, cans, textiles (clothing), plastic bottles and plastic bags.

In addition, 11 larger household waste sort sites accept many items for reuse and disposal. They are at Calverley Bridge, East Leeds, Ellar Ghyll, Gamblethorpe, Grangefield Road, Holmewell Road, Kirkstall Road, Meanwood Road, Milner’s Road, Stanley Road and Thorp Arch.

2010 is expected to be an exciting year for recycling in Leeds as extra effort is put towards diverting even more waste from landfill.

Over the coming months, hundreds of more homes will be given a green bin and a trial of food waste collections in Rothwell will get underway.

Councillor James Monaghan, executive board member with responsibility for refuse collections, said:

“Getting the regular cycle of brown and green bin collections back up and running has been a top priority for the council.

“We’re also really excited about the further improvements that will be made to recycling services in Leeds this year.

“It’s crucial we stop more rubbish from going to landfill.

“Not only is burying our waste in the ground bad for the environment, it costs more as well which is a burden the tax payers of Leeds shouldn’t have to bear.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Andy Carter, Leeds City Council (0113) 395 0393