New bin policy welcomed

29 May 2013.....   Neigbours Mike Frankland and George Holley  who haven't had their recycled rubbish taken away for two months at their homes off Brandon Lane Shadwell.
29 May 2013..... Neigbours Mike Frankland and George Holley who haven't had their recycled rubbish taken away for two months at their homes off Brandon Lane Shadwell.
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A Wetherby councillor has welcomed a key target by Leeds City Council to remove refuse within 48 hours if reported.

The policy follows an announcement by the authority last week to roll out alternate bin collections with black bins emptied one week and green bins emptied the next in the Wetherby area and across Leeds.

Coun Wilkinson (Cons, Wetherby) said: “Refuse collection is a core council service that many Leeds residents will see as a priority.

“Council tax contributions pay for many council services, but refuse collection is one of the most visible.

“The council needs to consistently improve its refuse collection service, whether it be green, black or brown bin, and I am pleased that this 48-hour recollection commitment is still in use.

Coun Wilkinson added that some residents were not aware of the 48-hour promise and added: “Certain areas of my ward and in other parts of the city still experience problems with individual missed collections and it would be good to see a similar commitment made to resolve these problems as quickly as possible.”

About 100,000 properties in west, north west and north east Leeds will have their bins emptied on alternate weeks.

The switchover, which aims to save Leeds City Council money and encourage recycling, will take place in November.

Under the new plans, the council claim that if refuse collectors miss any streets on their scheduled day, the leftover waste will be removed within 48 hours of the incident being reported.