Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Winter weather affects brown bin collections

Garden waste collections have been halted in Leeds this week to allow refuse collectors to focus on household waste and recycling services during the winter weather.

Snowy conditions have meant that it has taken longer for bin crews to get around the city, particularly in side streets and hilly areas. Extra staff have been brought in to help, but access for refuse trucks is difficult in icy and snowy weather.

The decision has therefore been taken to stop brown bin collections this week. This is the time of year when they are scaled back to monthly rather than fortnightly collections anyway to reflect the lack of winter growth in gardens.

Cllr Tom Murray, executive member for environmental services, said:

“While we never scale down services lightly, it makes a lot of sense to reduce our focus on collecting garden waste when little is growing and snow makes gardening virtually impossible anyway.

“Our main priority has to be on getting our crews through the snow to collect household waste and recycling and to try to keep the main service going through the wintry weather.”

Given the likely disruption to collections during the bad weather, householders are being asked to leave their black and green bins out for up to 48 hours if they have not been emptied on the normal days to allow crews chance to get to them. If they are still uncollected they are asked to take them back in and put them out on their next scheduled collection day.

Anyone whose bins have not been collected on more than one occasion should contact the council by calling 0113- 222 4406 or emailing refusecollection@leeds.gov.uk

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335
e-mail: donna.cox@leeds.gov.uk