Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds Sunday bins collection tackles backlog

Uncollected rubbish in Leeds
Image caption Bin collections have been hit by a shake-up of the service and a heavy Christmas workload

One-off Sunday bin collections have taken place in Leeds as the council struggles to clear a backlog of waste.

Extra staff are also being drafted in from the council's parks section as part of "a major push to get the refuse collection service back on track".

Some homes have not had their bins emptied since before Christmas as problems persist following a troubled shake-up of the service in October.

The council apologised to residents for the number of missed collections.

Refuse and recycling collection routes across the city were overhauled to make them more efficient, in a move the council said would save it £2.4m a year.

The efficiency measures were part of a deal that ended last year's 11-week strike by refuse workers in the city.

'A mess in places'

However, the reorganisation has led to confusion over collection times in parts of Leeds and rubbish has been left uncollected for weeks.

Tom Murray, the Labour-run council's executive member for environmental services, said: "It hasn't been a good time for bin collections.

"We have struggled to get the new routes in place.

"There has been a mess in places and I would like to say to the people of Leeds I am sorry for that.

"The majority of our refuse collection crews are working very hard and continued to do so during the recent severe weather and I very much commend their efforts."

He said that as well as the "one-off Sunday blitz", from Monday two collection crews which were cut in the reorganisation would be restored.

"We want a clean slate from Monday with a fresh start, and bins as normal," said Mr Murray.

"Residents should see a clear improvement in the service very soon."

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