Leeds bin collections face Christmas shake up

Published in the YEP Saturday 1 December 2012

2540033375Some green and black bins will be collected a day earlier and others a day later than normal this Christmas.

The changes, which affect bins due for collection between Christmas Eve and January 5, have been made by Leeds City Council in a bid to accommodate the festive public holidays.

Leaflets listing the revised dates and advice on how to recycle additional waste from gift wrapping, packaging and entertaining will also drop through residents’ letter boxes between now and December 16.

Brown bin collections will stop after the last usual collection today and resume in March.

Coun Mark Dobson, the council’s executive member for the environment, said: “The lights have been switched on and the German market is taking pride of place on Millennium Square, so the countdown to Christmas is definitely on.

“Another important, if a little less glamorous, part of our seasonal preparations is to ensure that bins are emptied over the holidays and residents are aware of any changes.”

Under the plans green and black bins that were due to be collected on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve will be collected a day earlier than normal.

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Bins usually due for collection from Boxing Day to Saturday December 29 will be collected a day later.

Bins collected on New Year’s Eve will still be collected on that day and from New Year’s Day to Saturday January 5 any bins due for collection will be a day later than normal.

Bin collection days will return to normal on January 7.

Coun Dobson added: “It’s particularly important to recycle any extra waste created by Christmas celebrations and help us maintain the city’s record recycling rates.”

The city’s nine household waste sorting sites, which only close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, will be open from 8am to 4pm throughout the festive period so people can recycle rubbish and re-use unwanted items.

Visit: www.leeds.gov.uk for further details.

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