Friday, 26 July 2013

Work continuing to help people adapt to new bin service

With figures showing an encouraging start to the new bin service, the council is continuing to work with residents to help them adapt to the more frequent recycling collections.

On 29 April this year, 50,000 residents switched to the fortnightly collection of recycling in green bins and rubbish in black bins.

Now, the council has confirmed that it will no longer be picking up bags of extra rubbish put out with black bins on the more frequent collection routes.

Extra waste was collected at the start of the new service to give people time to adapt to the new collection schedules.

Stopping the collection of extra bagged waste was announced in June and while the majority have adapted well, small pockets of households have continued to put out extra rubbish.

Keen to respond flexibly to the needs of residents, recycling advisers have offered these households practical support and advice to maximise their recycling. Having been offered support, extra bags of rubbish will no longer be collected.

If people use their green bins and other recycling services to the maximum, then experience shows that there is plenty of space in black bins for remaining rubbish.

There is no change for people who don’t have wheeled bins and have their rubbish collected in bags. They can continue to use green and black bags provided by collection crews.

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

“The majority of people have been taking on the advice provided in their information packs and have taken advantage of the new service to recycle as much as possible.

“While we wish to provide all the support we can we have come to a point where we can’t continue to do something which is counterproductive to our overall aims – recycling more.

“So, we’ll no longer be picking up bags of extra waste put out with black bins on the new collection routes.”

Extra waste will now be tagged so residents know why it hasn’t been collected.

If households with the new bin service feel they wash, squash and recycle as much as possible but still can’t manage with the new service, a recycling adviser will be happy to visit them to assess their individual circumstances and come up with a solution.

People with large families (more than five people in a household) can apply for an additional bin.

The new service is a key part the council’s plans to help city recycle 55% of waste by 2016.

The first phase of the new service started in April in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley, Robin Hood, a small part of New Farnley and additional properties in Rothwell.

Details of the new service can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/newbinservice  or www.facebook.com/leedswastedocs  or by following @leedswastedocs on Twitter.

Information on what can be recycled at household waste sorting sites and bring sites can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Recyclingsites.aspx 

Bin collection days can be checked at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Check-your-bin-day.aspx.

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