Headingley Labour Councillors Neil Walshaw, Janette Walker and Jonathan Pryor have been busy – as usual – over the summer months.
They’ve been concerned with questions about bin collections and rubbish in Headingley for some time.
They’ve now announced changes to the collections on a selection of streets, which they hope will improve the situation for local residents.
Parts of Ash Road, the Langdales, Estcourts, Canterbury Drive and other nearby streets – the neighbourhood, in the heart of Headingley – have had problems with the current fortnightly green bin collections.
Partly because of the high turnover of the largely student population in this area, key messages such as bin collection days and the correct rubbish for each bin are difficult to circulate. This has led to frequent contamination of green bins with non-recyclable waste, something which costs the Council money. Meanwhile local residents are not happy with bins being left on the street, spoiling the appearance of the area and causing problems for street cleaning and other maintenance.
Neil, Janette and Jonathan have been working closely with the Council’s Waste Management Service to determine a solution to these problems.
As a result, a pilot scheme has been rolled out to try and improve the situation.
Permanent residents on the affected streets have received letters asking if they wish to retain their green bins. Those who have asked to keep them will keep their green bins. Student properties, and other residents who did not respond to letters, have now had their green bins removed and will no longer receive a recycling collection service. However, they can choose to ‘opt in’ to receive green bags to be collected.
Any residents wishing to opt in for a green bag collection should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 2224406.
Bin crews will now collect bins from the kerbside as usual but will place them back inside front gardens and yards. The hope is that bins will no longer stay out on the street.
All residents will continue to have a black bin collection service.
Discussions are continuing with education providers in the city to ensure students are aware of the changes, and that they are involved in the discussions following their return to study in September.
Nei, Janette and Jonathan hope that the pilot will help reduce the amount of contaminated recycling – but also that it will make the area much cleaner and tidier for all residents.
Councillor Neil Walshaw commented:
“We have worked closely with Council officers, residents and universities to come up with a solution to the issues of cleanliness on Ash Road and we believe that this pilot will offer the best outcome for everyone. The changes will make refuse collections easier to manage and make the area cleaner and more attractive, whilst ensuring street cleaning and other maintenance can easily take place. We are sure residents will welcome these changes.”