TO BOOST RECYCLING ON THE GO
New bins launched across Leeds to boost recycling ‘on-the-go’ins are being launched in selected district centres across Leeds this month, building on the success of the 2018 ground-breaking city centre provision encouraging recycling of common food and drink packaging consumed out of home.
The eye-catching bright orange and yellow bins will soon be able to be found in 6 district centres across Leeds, making it easier than ever for residents in these locations to recycle their cans, plastic bottles, and coffee cups quickly and easily.
Aiming to capture some of the 3 billion plastic bottles, 9 billion cans and almost 3 billion coffee cups consumed yearly on the go across the UK, the scheme will build on the success of the recycling on-the-go bins across the city centre.
The bins will be located in Chapel Allerton, Headingley, Garforth, Morley, Otley and Wetherby, with all locations chosen due to high frequency of litter bins being emptied, their proximity to takeaways and bus stops as well as input from partners and local council cleansing teams. We know from litter bin composition analysis that about 37% of the waste is made up of coffee cups, cans and plastic bottles that can all be recycled, that’s a lot of valuable material that can be made into something new.
Six recycle on-the-go bins are being delivered in all the selected district centres, increasing the on-street recycling bins across the city to over 140. The installation of these additional bins is being funded from the award of a grant from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The council will take on the responsibility to empty the bins and take waste for recycling.
The new provision is also being supported by Zero Waste Leeds, working with the council to raise awareness around the importance of out of home recycling across the roll out areas.