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Leeds council plans fortnightly black bin collection

Leeds City Council is considering collecting black bins every fortnight to encourage people to recycle more.

The pilot scheme, which would initially take place in one area of the city, would also see green bins emptied once a fortnight instead of once a month.

The council said it had to meet strict targets on waste sent to landfill.

"Recycling is good for the city's environment and its purse," said Councillor Mark Dobson, executive board member for environmental services.

The idea will be discussed by the executive board next week.

Taxes saved

It is one of a range of proposed measures aimed at achieving a new recycling target of 55% by 2016.

Mr Dobson said: "There's a real public will in Leeds to recycle more and waste less.

"I get asked a lot why we are spending money on weekly black bin collections instead of on more recycling collections when the city would also save cash on the massive taxes on sending rubbish that can't be recycled to landfill.

"We're proud of what we've achieved so far but we are responding to repeated requests to put more work into pushing up recycling rates even further.

"Currently our officers are examining a whole range of options, including piloting fortnightly bin collections, to see what might help us achieve this.

"By trialling this in one area we will be able to monitor in detail whether such a system would actually deliver significant recycling increases."

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