East and south Leeds areas named for new bin rota

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Thousands of homes across parts of Leeds are to see their bin collections move to a fortnightly rota.

Last December the city council agreed to pilot fortnightly black bin collections in an attempt to increase recycling.

Now homes in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley north and South, Ardsley and Robin Hood will see green and black bin collections alternating.

The green bins are for recyclable items and black bins for landfill material.

Previously, black bin collections were weekly and green bin collections were monthly.

A spokesman for Leeds City Council said the scheme would be applied to 40,000 homes in the named wards.

The scheme is expected to start in April 2013.

Landfill tax

The wards have been chosen because people in these areas recycle a high percentage of their waste with less rubbish going in their black bins, destined for landfill, the council said.

The spokesman said: "Residents who have been embracing the reduce, reuse and recycle message have been asking for more regular green bin pick-ups."

The council spent £9.2m in tax to dump rubbish in landfill last year and this landfill tax bill is set to go up £1.5m each year.

The new collections are a key part of the council's plans to increase recycling rates and slash what it has to pay in these taxes.

Councillor Mark Dobson, who is responsible for the environmental issues, said: "The changes represent a massive step up in convenience for people who want to be able to recycle more at home.

"The current system doesn't meet our residents' needs and we're confident that an efficient, reliable, fortnightly service will go some way to helping us hit our recycling targets of 55% of waste by 2016."

The council is also aiming to secure government funding for a scheme to collect food waste from 254,000 homes across the city, but no decision on this has yet been announced.

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