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

Lost Gallery found in museum

Caption: Councillor John Procter with Dr Rock

Builders working on the new special exhibition at Leeds City Museum have discovered a long lost gallery within the building full of exciting minerals and experiments.

Inhabiting the gallery was Dr Rock, a museum curator, together with a rock collection and numerous strange objects and experiments. Leeds City Museum has decided to open this space for free to the public so they can find out what Dr Rock has unearthed.

Dr Rock, a rock and mineral genius in his own right will be around the museum throughout the duration of the exhibition, but finding him could be a struggle. Many of his memos and films have been left around the exhibition to allow the public an insight into his work.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:
“The new special exhibition is going to be great fun for the people of Leeds. Dr Rock is a real character and he has unearthed a great range of interactive exhibits and exciting minerals.”

On display there will be a collection of poisonous rocks, human implants and the effects of putting a mobile phone in a blender amongst other exciting things.

The exhibition takes over from ‘A Game of Two Halves’ and will be open to the public on Friday 29th January.

Dr Rock is updating his blog frequently at: .
Take a look to keep up to date on new experiments and any new finds.

The special exhibition is free and will be running from Friday 29th January to Sunday 4th July 2010.

For more information about the museum visit

Notes to editors:

Please be advised that Dr Rock is a fictitious character, although he is based on one of the museum curators, Joe Botting. The Lost Gallery is located in the special exhibitions space on the top floor of the museum.

Dr Rock (Joe Botting) will be around the exhibition on some days, but will be constantly maintaining a blog, so the public can keep up to date with any new experiments etc.


For media enquiries please contact:
Catherine Milburn,
Learning and Leisure Communications Assistant
on 0113 247 8285