Did you know that 8 out of 10 green bins in Hyde park are contaminated?
Waste and recycling services in Leeds are likely to be different to what you are used to. These easy to follow guidelines will help you keep Leeds clean and environmentally friendly. For waste arrangements on campus and in University accommodation see our Reuse, Recycling and Waste Guide.
When is your bin day?
Your black bin collection is weekly and green recycling bin collections could be monthly or fortnightly. You can check your bin days here.Want to always remember your bin day & know what to recycle? Download the new Leeds Bins App. Search for ‘Leeds Bins’ and download the App now!
Wheelie bins must not be left on streets between collections – not only does it look unpleasant, they cause an obstruction for people who need to get past on the pavement; bins cause an obstruction especially for guide dog and wheelchair users and people with push chairs.
All drinks cans, plastic bottles and food cans should be washed out before placing in green bins/bags to avoid contamination. Squashing them will give you extra space in your bin. It is important that your recycling is kept dry and your recycling bin lid is kept closed. Ensure no wet paper or cardboard goes in your recycling bin and that all your cans and bottles are emptied first. If your recycling gets wet, the paper and cardboard will become soggy and cannot be recycled. For more information visit Leeds City Council’s A to Z of reusing, recycling and waste disposal guide.
In some areas of Leeds, including areas of Headingley, there have been long running problems with green bins being used for general waste. This includes the Ash Road upper Cardigan Road areas of Headingley (see this map for details of the areas this applies to). Households in this area must opt-in to receive a recycling collection. You can opt-in by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to order a green bin. The council is prioritising green bin deliveries to this area, so they should be delivered within two weeks. If you need to get recycling out (or if you ever have additional recycling waste), you can present your recycling in thin, transparent bags (such as kitchen bin liners or carrier bags). As long as bin crews can identify that the waste is uncontaminated recycling, it will be collected. Opting in to the scheme means that you agree to:
- Sort, store and present your household’s recycling correctly
- Keep your bin within the boundaries of your property until collection day – not in the street
- Put out your bin on the kerbside before 7am on your collection day
- Keep recyclables dry
- Return your bin to your property as soon as possible after it has been emptied
For more information about the scheme, visit Leeds City Council’s webpages.
Please deposit all your glass bottles and jars (including metal screw lids) in bottle banks:
- Hyde Park Corner, in the carpark by the skatepark
- Outside Headingley Taps, on North Lane
- Behind Co-op / next to Burley Park railway station on Cardigan Lane
- At Sparrow Park on the corner of Chapel Lane and Cardigan Road
- Woodhouse Street at the rear of TJ’s Bar and Grill
- Hyde Park Road by Leeds Grand Mosque
The Changeover period has a huge environmental and social impact on the community. 300 extra tons of waste is generated each June when students move from their shared houses, most of which could be reused, donated or sold.
take your unwanted equipment directly to their shop.
Freecycle-This is a great website for finding a loving new home for all of your unwanted stuff.Gumtree & Ebay-These are both really easy to use and a great way to match up unique items to unique buyers. Keep an eye out for free listing days on eBay.
Yard Sale-Hold a Yard Sale and invite your neighbours to take part.
Fat Brain–As a student your are likely to end up with loads of books that you no longer need, that other students will. There’s a real market for second hand books.
CEX & Music Magpie-You may be surprised at the price you get for your old ipod or phone. You can also sell on your old DVDs and CDs.
For more tips and information to make the most of your time living in Leeds see the Your Guide to Living in Leeds or get in touch Sustainability@leeds.ac.uk