Fortnightly bin collections in Otley, Horsforth and Aireborough aim to save money (From Ilkley Gazette)
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Fortnightly bin collections in Otley, Horsforth and Aireborough aim to save money
6:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
Fortnightly bin collections are set to be introduced to Otley, Horsforth and Aireborough in a bid to cut waste and save money.
Leeds City Council is planning to extend its alternate weekly black and green bin collections after the success of the first phase of its scheme affecting 56,000 homes in parts of Leeds.
It says since the new bin collections were launched in April householders have recycled an extra 42 per cent – cutting the level of waste to landfill sites by 23 per cent.
Councillors were told that the authority could be on track to save £2.5million a year if the rest of the scheme proves as successful.
Now they are set to embark on phase two, covering 100,000 homes in areas including Adel and Wharfedale, Guiseley and Rawdon, Harewood, Horsforth, and Otley and Yeadon. Residents will be given details of the changes in November.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said: “We appreciate that this is a massive shift in how we deal with waste, but it’s a necessary one to ensure we can reap the financial and environmental benefits.”
The council says impressive results so far show that residents are managing and sorting their rubbish, and that with more frequent green bin collections, people should have plenty of space in their black bin. A phased approach is taken under the ‘no side waste policy’ – and after an initial short period of adjustment, crews will stop collecting bags of rubbish put out with black bins.
Guiseley and Rawdon councillor Paul Wadsworth, who is shadow executive board member for Environmental Services, said: “Hopefully this new approach will save the Council money while also increasing our recycling rate, early indications suggest that is beginning to happen.
“However, I do have some concerns, why roll this out in late autumn/early winter? Surely the risk of bad weather could have an impact and cause unforeseen problems.”
He added: “That said, I am hopeful that the change will be a smooth one and I will be keeping an eye on it to make sure that it is.”
Details of the new service can be found at leeds.gov.uk/newbinservice.
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