'Almost all' households in Leeds to have their bin collection days changed by the end of the year

The vast majority of Leeds residents are set to have their bin collection days changed before the end of the year.

A bin lorry route review is being carried out by Leeds City Council, to take into account new estates that have been built over the last decade and make the service more efficient.

The council says all households will be informed of the changes around “two to three weeks” before they come into force, most likely in the autumn.

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Local councillors will be consulted about the proposed changes beforehand.

Overflowing bins in Burley, LeedsOverflowing bins in Burley, Leeds
Overflowing bins in Burley, Leeds

The news was confirmed at a council scrutiny meeting on Thursday.

John Woolmer, the authority’s chief officer for environmental services, told the meeting: “It will be a challenge, because it will impact almost everyone in the city, in terms of their collection dates being changed.

“We want to implement this this year and we’re focused on doing that and getting this in place.”

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Separately, the council is also hoping to introduce a pilot scheme where household glass will be collected separately from other recycled waste.

The trial could be rolled out in Horsforth, Wetherby, Killingbeck and Seacroft and Farnley and Wortley before the end of the year.

A report on the scheme said it would be “optional” for households in those areas, with residents involved likely to either receive a smaller wheelie bin or a box to deposit their glass in.

Collections would then take place every four weeks.

The report added: “It is likely that collections would start no earlier than 9am to mitigate against the noise concerns.”