Local residents are invited to the first in a series of road shows to find out more about new bin services.
Recycling advisers will be on hand at Garforth One Stop Centre and Library on Wednesday 17 April from 9.30am until 3.00pm to chat to people who will be the first to switch to the new alternate weekly bin collections.
From 29 April, around 50,000 homes in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley and Robin Hood will have their green bins emptied one week and their black bins emptied the next week.
With residents asking for more frequent green bin collections the new service is part of the council’s plan to up the amount of waste the city recycles.
People will have the opportunity to recycle more at home once their green bins are picked up more frequently, helping the council reach its target of recycling 55% by 2016.
The events will give people the opportunity to ask any questions about the new service and get advice on how to make the most of their green bin.
As well as reducing harmful emissions, recycling reuses valuable resources and saves the council substantial amounts of money.
Last year the council paid over £9 million to dump rubbish in landfill sites and this bill set to rise by £1.5 million a year unless the amount of waste thrown away is reduced.
Money saved by recycling can be spent on providing vital council services.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:
“Without a big change in how often we collect waste we won’t be able to harness the environmental and financial benefits of recycling. We’re looking to build on the success that other authorities have seen once this type of service has been introduced.
“We also know that people need time to get used to the upcoming changes. So, recycling advisers are here to help people get the most out of the more frequent service.
“We’d like people to join us at the events and ask us any questions they have to help the transition to alternate weekly bin collections go as smoothly as possible.”
The team of recycling advisors will also be visiting Rothwell One Stop Centre on Thursday 18 April from 9.30am to 4.00pm and Morley Town Hall on Friday 19 April from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
As well as the events, recycling advisors will be out and about in the community, going door-to-door to offer support as the new service is rolled out. The recycling advisors are easily identifiable and carry Leeds City Council official identification.
Residents have also received an initial letter to introduce the changes which will be followed up with a handy information pack.
The council’s website (http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/New-bin-service.aspx) also provides information on the introduction of the new bin service and a helpful calendar to let people check their bin day (http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Check-your-bin-day.aspx).
To accommodate the more frequent collection of green bins in the first areas, other homes in other areas not yet receiving the new service may find that their bin day has to change. New dates can be checked on the online bin calendar.
For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577