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New Wharfedale bin collection scheme to start
4:49pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
Householders across Wharfedale will soon be taking part in a new system of bins collections.
Leeds City Council aims to start the second phase of its fortnightly black and green bin collection roll-out in mid-November.
Following on from a pilot in the south of the city in April, phase 2 will see about 100,000 homes in the west, north west and north east segments getting involved.
Designed to better reflect the recycling habits of most residents, the "alternate week collection" will see black, non-recyclable waste collected once each fortnight while green bins are emptied the following week.
In preparation, the city council will be:
* Providing SORT waste containers to suitable homes that want them
* Sending information to residents to explain the changes
* Running an awareness-raising campaign that will include waste recycling advisors meeting householders, and holding roadshows.
Councillor Barry Anderson (Con, Adel & Wharfedale) said: "One of the keys to the successful approach adopted for phase one of this scheme was the involvement of collection crews during the planning stages.
"This will be replicated for phase 2."Therefore over the coming weeks a series of workshops are scheduled with crews working within the phase 2 area, so that they can be fully involved in the design of their new alternate weekly refuse and recycling collection routes."
Councillor Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) added: "We are expecting Otley, and hopefully Yeadon, to be in the next phase of the roll-out in November.
"We are having a briefing about this next week at which we will raise the issue of education for those who have concerns about fortnightly black collections, and about what can be put in place for those people who do not have green bins or, because of geography, cannot have the new service.
"Most people I have spoken too are supportive of this because they wish to recycle as much of their waste as possible, and often say they fill the green bin but rarely have much in the black."