Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Update on disrupted bin collections

Refuse collectors are making every effort to get bin collections back on track.

With around half a million bins to collect each week, services were disrupted by the recent snow. Additional staff have been out to pick up as many bins as possible throughout the week.

Once-a-month green bin collections are still being prioritised so people can continue to recycle as much as possible. It is expected that the majority of these recycling collections will have been picked up by this Thursday, 31 January.

The crews are also making great headway in collecting black bins normally scheduled for a weekday collection. From Thursday all spare resources will be focused on collecting black bin waste.

However due to the amount of waste to be picked up, collections for the remainder of the week, especially Saturday, are likely to remain affected.

Residents who normally have their black bin emptied on a Saturday are being asked to put their bin out as usual this Saturday 2 February. If bins haven’t been emptied by 5pm on Saturday residents should leave them out and refuse collectors will endeavour to collect them on Sunday 3 February.

It is expected that collections will return to normal from Monday 4 February.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“I’d like to commend staff for their efforts to keep bin collections on schedule despite the disruption caused by the weather.

“I’d also like to reassure everyone that all available resources are being targeted at getting things back to normal.

“I’m sure people will understand that we’re not going to send out 26 tonne trucks in deep snow when they could cause serious damage to life, limb or property. We’re grateful to residents for bearing with us while we catch up.”

Household waste sorting sites are open to take any extra waste.

Information about waste services can be found on the council's website.

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


Safer Leeds sets out the priorities for 2013

The crime fighting partnership Safer Leeds has put in place five key priorities for 2013.

As well as continuing to work across all aspects of crime in the city, the partnership will focus on the following key themes;

- Tackling domestic abuse
- Reducing re-offending
- Improving our understanding of child sexual exploitation
- Dealing with dangerous ‘legal highs’ and cannabis
- Strengthening community engagement and support to victims

Working with the police, relevant departments in the council and other partners, Safer Leeds will continue to focus activity and heighten awareness of these issues.

Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds said:

“The Safer Leeds partnership is committed to keeping the city of Leeds safe and making sure it is the best city to live and work in.

“This year we have five key priorities, which we will be focusing our efforts on.

“We will of course still continue with excellent work already undertaken to reduce the burglary rates and reduce anti social behaviour in the city, alongside these other priorities.”

Superintendent Keith Gilert, who heads Safer Leeds, said:

"The work that goes on daily across the partnership is hugely important in reducing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and protecting the vulnerable. We have achieved considerable successes this last year and want to build on these in 2013."

Work to reduce burglary has seen a 35% reduction in break-ins to people’s homes in the last year, and a continued focus on improving victims’ satisfaction in relation to tackling Anti-Social Behaviour, will also continue to be a focus for the partnership moving forward.

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