Monday, 3 September 2012

Record recycling rates reap rewards

All time high recycling records set last year are being smashed according to the latest figures from Leeds City Council.

The 40% barrier was first broken in April 2011 with recycling rates in May 2012 reaching 44% and creeping up to nearly 45% in June 2012.

The overall recycling rate for the year so far is 43% – 1.9% up on the same period last year. If the upward trend continues, residents and the council will be well on the way to reaching recycling rates of 55% by 2016.

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

“We were delighted to achieve such great recycling rates last summer and to be improving on these month by month this summer is tremendous.

“We set ourselves tough targets as we know the financial and economic benefits to recycling.

“With more people recycling and a range of ways to recycle across the city linked to the delivery of a good quality service, I hope the figures continue to rise.

“We collect over two million bins a month, and we are focusing on delivering a consistent, effective and efficient service.

“We are constantly working to make improvements to the service, with plans to roll out more brown bins, increase the number of households with food waste collections and implement fortnightly collections of green bins across the city.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577


Motorists warned of traffic delays on Harehills lane and A64

Essential work to repair Shaftesbury footbridge in Harehills will begin on 10 September 2012.

Leeds City Council will be repairing the footbridge at the junction of Harehills Lane with the A64 York Road to stop further corrosion and to ensure the structure remains safe.

Works will include cleaning the bridge and painting the steelwork and also repairing the concrete columns and deck unit to ensure they remain safe.

The work will begin at the start of September and last for three to four months.

Some lane closures will be required to the A64 carriageway, and Harehills Lane will be closed at the junction with the A64 during the night between 8pm to 5:30am. During these closures, a diversion via Lupton Avenue will be signed.

Pedestrian access to the section of the footbridge over the A64 will remain available at all times, however, the section over Harehills Lane will have to be closed during the majority of the works.

During this closure, signs will be erected directing pedestrians to the nearest signal controlled pedestrian crossing point about 80m along Harehills Lane to the north.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development said:

“It is important that we carry out this essential work to the footbridge to ensure safety for both pedestrians and drivers.

“I understand these repair works can prove frustrating for people but we will try to keep disruption to a minimum.

“I understand the preparation of the steel surface before it is painted could be noisy, so I would like to apologize for this in advance, and ensure people that we will endeavor to keep this noise to a minimum and make sure it is done speedily. “

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