Monday, 18 June 2012

Make a date for your green bin

Recycle Week has kicked off in Leeds with the distribution of new recycling calendars to around 300,000 homes in the city.

With the national campaign focusing on recycling at home and away, the council hopes the new calendars and accompanying information will help residents make the most of the kerbside recycling services and other facilities across the city.

The handy stickers let residents see at a glance the collection dates for their green bins up until December 2013.

To make life easier for residents, the stickers come with a helpful reminder of what can be recycled in green and brown bins and the range of materials that can be taken to over 400 brings sites and the city’s nine household waste sorting sites.

With the amount of gadgets that people use on the rise, the council is also offering recycling for small electrical items at eight, new on-street recycling banks.

And for anyone who wants to be a bit more green-fingered, compost bins are being offered at a knock down price.

The recycling services provided by the council and the efforts of residents means that Leeds’ recycling performance is continuing to improve. The overall total amount of waste recycled surpassed the 40% mark several times last year.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“The feedback we get shows that people have a real appetite for recycling. Residents put in a massive amount of work, sorting and filling up their green bins, and we continue to be grateful for their efforts.

“Reducing what we send to landfill requires a real team effort, so we’re constantly looking at the best way to match people’s willingness to maximise the amount and range of things we recycle to the services we offer.

“With everything from fortnightly bin collections, more people getting garden waste collections and expanding food waste collections being looked at we have a great opportunity to make Leeds significantly cleaner and greener whilst making great financial savings.”

The recycling calendars will be distributed between 18 June and 15 July.
For more information on how to recycle or where your nearest household waste sorting site is, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/recycleforleeds or call 0113 222 4406.

Notes to editors:

New small electrical on-street recycling banks are located at:
• Sainsbury’s in Otley, Colton and White Rose
• Morrisons in Kirkstall and Wetherby
• Waitrose in Meanwood
• The Headingly Taps pub at North Lane
• Leeds University at Lifton Place

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
e-mail: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk


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Clay Pit Lane reopens to vehicles

Clay Pit Lane in Leeds City Centre will reopen to vehicles this afternoon after roadworks were completed ahead of schedule.

The outbound carriageway was due to be closed until Friday 22nd June for improvements to be carried out but it will now reopen at 3:30pm today as the work has been successfully completed. Footway works in the area continue and are on course to be completed in advance of the Leeds Arena opening.

The work is part of a wider programme to upgrade the streets around the new Leeds Arena which will see improved road surfaces and crossing facilities for pedestrians.

Leeds City Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during the temporary road closure.

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For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472
Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk