Friday, 14 September 2012

Leeds says WOW to recycling figures

Recent record breaking recycling figures have been broken yet again, showing that Leeds is winning the ‘war on waste’ (WOW).

With the ongoing help of residents, 48% of Leeds’ household rubbish was recycled in July 2012 – the city’s highest ever recycling rate. Compared to July last year, 8,000tonnes less waste was sent to landfill.

Nearly half of all household waste collected is now a valuable resource being converted into useful products.

Leeds City Council collects two million bins each month and 99.9% of these are collected on time.

To demonstrate its commitment to maintaining these high standards, Leeds City Council is signing up to a national waste collection commitment.

Developed by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and the Local Government Association (LGA), the waste collection commitment ensures residents in Leeds receive a waste and recycling collection service which is value for money and meets their needs.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:
"48% recycling is a phenomenal result. This underlines the tremendous hard work which is being put in by staff in the department and also the real desire from residents to work with us and recycle.

“We've know for years that we shouldn’t be burying waste. The annual landfill tax bill is set to increase by £1.5 million a year, so the war on waste is one we can ill afford to lose financially or environmentally, and needs the ongoing partnership between the public and the council.

“By signing this commitment we’re reinforcing the message to our residents that we’re dedicated to providing them with a waste and recycling collection service that’s right for them. The commitment makes it clear what residents can expect and we look forward to working with them on a range of improvements which will make the service even better in the future.”

The waste collection commitment is based on research into what people like and dislike about their existing services and issues that are important to them. This includes regular and reliable collections and clean streets after collections.

In order for the commitment to be a success and to make the most of current waste and recycling services in Leeds, residents are asked to:

1. Put bins out for collection by 7am on the scheduled collection day.

2. Return your bin to your property after collection.

3. Only put paper, cardboard, cans, aerosols and plastic bottles in the green bin for recycling.

4. Think about whether items you no longer have use for really are waste or could be passed on to someone else.

More information on the collection services available in Leeds can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk or by calling 0113 222 4406.

More information on the waste collection commitment can be found at www.wrap.org.uk.

Notes to editors:
The waste collection commitment says:

We are committed to providing waste and recycling services which are good value for money and which meet the needs of our residents. This means we will:

1. explain clearly what services you can expect to receive;

2. provide regular collections;

3. provide a reliable collection service;

4. consider any special requests that individual households may have;

5. design our services and carry out collections in a way that doesn’t produce litter;

6. collect as many materials for recycling as we can and explain to you what happens to them;

7. explain clearly what our service rules are and the reasons for them;

8. tell you in good time if we have to make changes to your services, even temporarily;

9. respond to complaints we receive about our services; and

10. tell all our residents about this commitment to collecting waste.

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

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Owners feel full force of dog control orders

Three dog owners in Leeds are licking their wounds having been prosecuted for flouting dog control orders.

The man and two women failed to pay £75 fixed penalty notices handed out for allowing their pets to wander freely on the streets.

Under new rules introduced in January 2012, people must keep dogs on a lead at all times on all carriageways and adjacent footpaths and grass verges. The rules are intended to prevent dogs from running onto roads and curb nuisance or dangerous behaviour.

In all three cases, the animals were seen by council dog wardens roaming unsupervised before returning to their owners homes.

Nicola Wilmore of Throstle Lane, Middleton, Christopher Tiffany of Neville Grove, Osmondthorpe, and Amanda Mitchell of Landseer Drive, Bramley were all charged yesterday.

Wilmore was ordered to pay a £75 fine, plus £415.53 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge, Tiffany was given a £100 fine, plus £446.53 costs and a £15 victim surcharge and Mitchell was given a £75 fine and ordered to pay £386.53 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:
“Sadly, the council has to deal with the aftermath of dogs who are left to stray unsupervised and meet an unfortunate end on our roads.

“The rules were tightened up to help avoid these situations and keep unruly dogs under control . It’s really disappointing that people still don’t seem to be getting the message that they need to take full responsibility for their animals.

“It’s not acceptable to let your dog wander on its own, especially near roads when you could be putting it and drivers at unnecessary risk. Hopefully these convictions will serve as a reminder of our commitment to responsible dog ownership.”

Notes to editors

Revised dog control orders came into effect on 9 January 2012.

Dog control orders mean that:

• dogs are banned from school grounds where the schools have requested the order;
• dogs are banned from remembrance and wildlife gardens;
• dogs must be on a lead at all times on all carriageways and adjacent footpaths and grass verges, as well as in cemeteries and crematoria;
• dogs must be put on a lead in any other places when directed by a council officer to do so if they consider the dog needs to be controlled.
• A person can walk a maximum of four dogs at any one time and they must be kept under control at all times. Professional dog walkers are allowed to walk up to six dogs.

Breaching dog control orders is a criminal offence and could result in a £75 fixed penalty charge.

Failure to pay could lead to court and a maximum fine of £1,000.

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