Monday, 21 June 2010

Yes they can… aerosols helping Leeds become greener

Cllr Tom Murray, left, with Rick Hindley and Kristel Suijkerbuijk

A scheme has been launched to help Leeds become greener as aerosols are the latest items which can be put in green bins for recycling.

The spray cans are the newest addition to a long list of products that can be recycled after being collected from homes across the city and their inclusion is a topical start to this week’s national Recycle Week.

Cllr Tom Murray, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environmental services, got the scheme off to a good start by placing a collection of aerosol cans in a green bin against the backdrop of a refuse truck with advertising for the initiative.

Also taking part in the launch at the Unilever plant in Seacroft were Rick Hindley, executive director from Alupro, the Aluminium packaging recycling organisation, and Kristel Suijkerbuijk, Unilever’s sustainability manager for deodorants.

Empty aerosol cans used for products such as deodorants, air fresheners and furniture polish can now be sent for recycling alongside other aluminium and steel products like food and drinks cans.

Householders should ensure that the aerosol cans are completely empty before putting them in green bins. They should also take care not to pierce or crush the cans and easily-removable plastic parts, such as the lid, should be taken off.

Many of the aerosols the council plans to collect will have been filled at Unilever’s factory in Coal Road, Seacroft, which is Europe’s largest aerosol factory and makes leading deodorant brands Sure, Dove, Impulse and Lynx.

Cllr Tom Murray, executive member for environmental services, said:
“This is an excellent addition to the range of items Leeds residents can now put in their green bins. It is also cost-effective as the aerosols can be sent for recycling alongside food and drinks cans for no extra charge.

“Aluminium and steel used in aerosols can be repeatedly recycled without losing quality, so this is a very effective way to help reduce landfill and cut the city’s carbon footprint. It will certainly help towards our commitment to making sure that by 2020 Leeds is recycling half of its rubbish.”

Rick Hindley, executive director from Alupro, said:
“Metal food and drink cans are already are familiar sight in most household recycling bins, but it’s great to see that Leeds is now collecting aerosols too. More than 580 million of these containers are used each year in the UK, so there is huge potential to save energy and resources by recycling them.

“People have aerosols lying around all over the house – under the kitchen sink, in the bathroom, or on a dusty, long-forgotten shelf in the garage. Once they are empty they can all be recycled.”

Matt Close, vice president of marketing for Unilever, said:
"We are delighted to be working with Alupro and Leeds City Council on this groundbreaking initiative. Recycling empty deodorant cans is just one small action which households can take to help the environment. This project makes it easier than ever before for households in Leeds to take a small action to make a big difference.

"As the largest manufacturer of deodorants in the UK, we take our responsibilities to the environment very seriously, and our ongoing commitment to reduce our packaging waste footprint is no exception. This partnership is an important step forward in achieving our target of doubling the size of our business while reducing our overall environmental impact."

Alupro has teamed up with a range of leading manufacturers and retailers to launch a national campaign aimed at encouraging local authorities to launch aerosol collections in their areas.

The campaign is backed by Unilever, the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) and steel packaging recycler Corus. Other programme partners include the major aluminium foil container manufacturers Coppice Alupack, Jena and Nicholl Food Packaging.

More information on aerosol recycling is available at

Notes to editors:
• Consumer research conducted by NOP Omnibus for Alupro in August 2009 found that 58% of respondents think that buying goods with recyclable packaging is ‘very important’. 45% of those surveyed believed aerosols to be recyclable. 84% of people surveyed would recycle aerosols if facilities existed in their area. Full details on the consumer research are available from Alupro: tel: 01527 597757 or email:

• Alupro is managing a collaboration between the aluminium and steel packaging recycling industry, materials re-processors and the leading names in manufacturing and marketing of aerosols and aluminium foil containers.

• The scheme provides advice and support for councils who want to start a new collection programme for aerosols and/or foil containers, learn more about how to handle the materials and find markets in which to sell the recycled metals.

• Programme partners:
- Aluminium Packaging and Recycling Organisation (Alupro): a not-for-profit organisation working with local authorities and other collection partners to increase recycling rates.
- British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association (BAMA): the UK trade association for the aerosol industry.
- Corus: one of Europe’s largest steel producers with manufacturing and recycling operations in the UK.
- Coppice Alupack: Specialists in the manufacture of aluminium foil containers for the food manufacturing, processing and bakery industries.
- Jena: a leading supplier of foil platters and containers to UK cash and carries and retailers.
- Nicholl Food Packaging: manufacturers of traditional and smoothwall foil containers for all sectors of the food industry.
- Unilever: one of the country’s leading consumer goods companies, with brands including Lynx, Dove and Sure.

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335


Build up to this year's Breeze International Youth Festival gets underway

Photo Caption: A member of Breakers Unify performing at Briggate for the Breeze International Youth Festival 2009,

Leeds City Council is proud to announce the schedule of events for this year’s Breeze International Youth Festival (BIYF).

Held each year in June the festival invites Leeds youngsters aged 13 - 19 to showcase their performing skills. From Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th June, BIYF opens up the city of Leeds with a spectacular programme of live music, performances and film screenings.

The festival kicks-off with Lights, Camera, Showcase! a showcase of local talent entirely produced, staged and promoted by pupils at Rodillian High School.

On Friday 25th the hugely popular Breeze Has Talent will be hosting the 2008 & 2009 Finalists Showcase at the Carriageworks Theatre, featuring top Breeze Has Talent acts including Saints, Uni-4m, Ruby Hendry and many others in a fantastic evening of entertainment.

The talent does not stop there and Saturday 26th June sees the festival offering 10 hours of performances. Starting with BIYF LIVE! on Briggate at 11am, spectators will be able to see live music on the festival’s outdoor stage, visit the “Arts Infozone” and then get tickets for BIYF LIVE! at the Carriageworks for an evening of inspiring dance, drama and film.

On Sunday, the festival is hosting a special screening of the highly successful animated international film Ponyo, as part of the festival’s partnership with MediaFish.

Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“Since it began in 1996, the Breeze International Youth Festival has seen over a quarter of a million young people participating or attending. With each year the talent ever higher and this year I am sure the bar will be raised again.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to show what they are capable of and we are encouraging the community to come out and support the stars of tomorrow, by attending these vibrant events.”

Performers will be available to chat in the Arts Infozone after they have performed so other young people can be inspired and get involved in some of the fantastic arts programmes taking place around Leeds as well as meeting art gurus who will be able to signpost them to year round activities.

Tickets are available from The Carriageworks Box Office for all the events, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 2243801. The box office is open from 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday. Breezecard holders can get free tickets or receive a discount.

From Saturday 26th June – Friday 2nd July, BIYF and Roundhay School Technology and Language College are working in partnership to deliver Radio Roundhay. Young people will be producing and broadcasting their own radio shows across Leeds. On Saturday 26th June they will be broadcasting live from the Arts Infozone on Briggate between 12 – 5pm then each day they will host Breeze Bites (Monday – Thursday, 5 - 6pm). Tune in to 87.7FM or listen online at

Activities throughout the BIYF Celebration Weekend are open to all breezecard holders. breezecards are available free of charge to everyone in Leeds aged under 19. As part of the festival BIYF has joined forces with all Leeds City Council Museums and Galleries and breezecard holders will gain free entry throughout the weekend to all their facilities

Breeze International Youth Festival is run by Leeds City Council’s Arts and Regeneration team. The Arts and Regeneration team create opportunities for people to take part in the cultural life of their city, leading the way in regeneration through the arts.

Notes to Editors:

• Other photographs available on request. Please contact Ann Wishart
• Press reviewers and photographers are welcome to attend the festival. If you would like to cover the festival, please contact Ann Wishart in advance to arrange appropriate access.
• To help festival goers plan their weekend, Leeds City Council have produced a full colour brochure, containing information about all the projects, a full schedule of events, a map and venue, discounts and booking information. A downloadable programme are available at

Breeze International Youth Festival programme of events:

Thursday 24 June, 6pm
BIYF LIVE! at Rodillian – Lights, Camera, Showcase!
Students from Rodillian School have worked with BIYF, The Carriageworks Theatre and Emerge Leeds New Work Festival to create a dazzling variety of performances showcasing the best young performers in their local area. The whole event has been programmed, marketed and stage managed by a year 10 group. Tickets £1 or FREE with a Breezecard.

Friday 25th June, 7.30pm
Breeze has Talent 2008 & 2009 finalist Showcase
Come along and be inspired by some of the previous winner and finalists from the past two years of Breeze Has Talent. Tickets £1 or free with a Breezecard.

Saturday 26th June 11am-5pm
BIYF LIVE! On Briggate
Live music and dance in Leeds city centre from street dance to Irish dancing from choirs to steel pans to indie rock - BIYF LIVE will lift your day. Everyone welcome, just turn up.

Saturday 26th June, 7.30pm BIYF LIVE! at The Carriageworks
Spectacular dance and theatre performances and film screenings by young people from some of the most cutting edge youth performance groups in Leeds. Tickets £1 or free with a Breezecard. Limited tickets available so don’t miss out.

Broadcasting Saturday 26th June 12- 5pm
Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July 12-8pm
Listen out for Breeze Bites, Monday – Friday, 5-6pm

Sunday 27th June, 2pm Hyde Park Picture House.
MediaFish Presents International film Ponyo
Hayao Miyazaki transforms The Little Mermaid fairytale into Ponyo, a magical cinema experience that bursts with imagination and colour suitable for the whole family. Tickets £1 with Breezecard, £2.50 (other under 19), £3.50 (others over 19)

Sunday 27th June, 12-6pm
Breeze has Talent Auditions
Singers, dancers, bands, musicians, jugglers, magicians, performance poets and rap artists are being encourage to audition for Breeze Has talent. Visit the Breeze web site or call 0113 2760837 to book your audition place and request your auction pack.


For media enquiries please contact
Ann Wishart , Leeds City Council Arts & Regeneration Unit, on 0113 2478049

New conservation area proposed to protect Leeds suburb

Residents in Horsforth are being asked for their views on a proposed conservation area in their area - what they think is special about it and how they think it could be enhanced.

The proposals affect The Cragg Hill and Woodside areas of Horsforth and Leeds City Council is now calling on residents to let them know what they think before the public consultation ends on the 23rd July.

There are currently two other conservation areas in Horsforth; one based around Town Street, and the other focusing of the Victorian Villa developments at Newlay. The conservation area would safeguard the special architectural and historic character of the village and protect important buildings from demolition.

A review of the boundary is also now due and it is proposed that the new conservation area will take in the majority of Outwood Lane, as well as significant historic areas around Cragg Hill and Woodside, which are located at either end of Outwood Lane.

A conservation area plan will be produced to ensure the special interest of the conservation area is clearly set out and members of the public are being asked for their comments on the proposed alterations. The draft appraisal document will be available on the Leeds City Council website throughout the consultation at:

Buildings within a conservation area are protected from unauthorised demolition, and new developments have to meet higher standards of design than elsewhere. Other planning rules are slightly different and permission from the council is needed for certain activities such as tree felling.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member responsible for city development, said:

“It is important that we are able to safeguard the special architectural nature and historic character of these villages and protect important buildings from demolition. The best way to do this is by designating a conservation area.

“The opinions of local people are an integral part of the process and the public consultation is an important opportunity for people to make their views on the issue known to the council.”

The public consultation has now started and will run until Friday 23 July. Posters will be on display to inform people of their opportunity to comment and people can respond by e-mailing the conservation team at

The proposals are expected to be finalised and approved in August 2010.

People can also request a copy of the draft appraisal from the conservation team at: Sustainable Development Unit, Leeds City Council, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD.

For media enquiries please contact:
Sara Hyman, Leeds City Council press office tel: (0113) 224 3602

Five schools, five challenges

Young cyclists from five schools in Otley will be making their way on a challenging ride through Otley this week.

Pupils in the ‘five schools, five challenges’ event will be led by trainers from Leeds City Council road safety promotion unit and the TravelWise team, and members of the local Neighbourhood Policing team, on a ride from Otley through Leathley up to Almscliffe Crag.

The five schools from Otley involved in the challenge are Otley All Saints, The Whartons, Ashfield, Westgate, and St Josephs.

At the half way point at Almscliffe Crag there will be five fun activities with prizes for each activity. Activities will include a cycle obstacle race and a five aside penalty shoot out and more.

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Media are invited to the starting line at Otley police station on Thursday 24 June at 9.45am to watch the children set off on their bike ride to Almscliffe Crag. Please contact the press office on 0113 2474450 to arrange attendance.

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Generous support has been received for this event from West Yorkshire Police, who have provided competition prizes, and from Chevin Cycles who have given every participant a voucher to spend in their shop and have offered the star prize of a bike for one lucky school.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member for development and regeneration said:“This event provides a great opportunity for children to put into practice their cycling skills and improve on their knowledge of road safety in a practical real road circumstance.

“I wish all the teams best of luck in the challenge and I hope they all enjoy their day.”

This event is part of National Bike Week with the theme of ‘everyday cycling for everyone’

This year Bike Week challenges people to use cycling as the most convenient way to get around. The City Council want to encourage anyone interested, to take part in a cycle ride or event. Please check the website for the latest event listings at or at

Notes to editors:
Leeds road safety promotion unit have recently updated their cycle training programme, now called Bikeability. This extends the excellent programme provided in recent years and allows the children to learn more and practice under supervision for longer

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Residents bowled over

Old and young alike will be bowled over this week with the launch of the revitalised Belle Isle bowling green.

The project led by Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation, and funded by Leeds City Council’s inner south area committee has brought together children from Windmill Primary School and residents from sheltered housing in the Belle Isle area.

Each young person supported by an older mentor took turns to practise bowls on the outdoor bowling green at the back of the sheltered housing on Belle Isle Circus to raise awareness of the unused green.

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Media are invited to the opening of the revitalised bowling green at 11am -1pm on Friday 25 June in Belle Isle. There will be the unveiling of the Windmill bowling club sign, which was designed and made by the children and residents and the opportunity to talk to the young and old Windmill bowling club members. Please contact the press office on 0113 2474450 to arrange attendance.
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A Nintendo Wii was set up in the community room and children invited the residents to have a go at the Ten Pin Bowling game. Residents quickly got the hang of the virtual bowls and were soon beating the kids at their own game.

The kids all commented on how they liked the outdoor bowling the best and comments from the older residents included ‘It’s great to see young people enjoying themselves, they can definitely come back.’

The Windmill Juniors and Seniors Bowling Club has been formed as a result of the project.

Councillor Angela Gabriel chair of Leeds City Council’s inner south area committee said:
“I am really pleased that the bowling green is being brought back into use and that a new generation are learning about the game”

Chris Simpson Chief Executive Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation said:
"We are delighted to see the bowling green back in use and being enjoyed by young and old alike. It shows what can be achieved through partnership working and community effort"

Notes to editors:

Hilary Benn MP will open the event, unveiling the Windmill bowling club sign, designed and made by the children and residents. This will be followed by lunch and an intergenerational bowling tournament.

The green is located behind the sheltered housing complex on Belle Isle Circus, 58 Belle Isle Circus LS10 3HW

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Armed forces celebration day

Arm yourselves for a great day out, as the forces come to town to celebrate and honour Britain’s Armed forces.

Leeds city centre will be the setting for a grand march from Woodhouse Lane down to the Town Hall, where there will be displays of police vehicles, fire engines and old military vehicles.

The day will begin at 10.15am on Sunday 27 June, with serving soldiers, veterans and cadets marching to the Town Hall where the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and Lord Mayor of Leeds will take the salute before a church service in the Town Hall.

Afterwards there will be entertainment and lots of activities in and around the Town Hall and Victoria Gardens.

Entertainment throughout the day will include a paint ball range, a field kitchen for food and snacks, and a light gun display. The day will be topped off with a Dakota fly pass.

There will be fun for all the family with plenty of activities for all the family including face painting, splat the rat, hook a duck, tombolas, cake stalls and sweet stalls. There will also be displays and recruitment stands and much more, with the day ending with a Beat the Retreat ceremony.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jim McKenna said:
“This event will give the people of Leeds a chance to honour Britain’s Armed Forces, their past achievements, the dedication of those serving at present and the opportunities that the Armed Forces offer to our future generations.

“Our Armed Forces and Veterans deserve our support and recognition because of their outstanding contribution to the country, and our celebrations on the 27th will really reflect this.

“I am sure the day will be brilliant, and there will be various entertainment available for everyone.”

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450