Fortnightly brown bin collections return to Leeds from next week

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Household bin collections. Photo: John Baron/

This year’s fortnightly brown bin collections will start in Leeds from Monday, 14 March, with collections continuing through to December.

Last year Leeds council crews emptied 35,000 tonnes of garden waste from the 217,000 brown bins across the city – one of the largest free collections ing the country.

Brown bin collections are intended to help divert garden waste away from black bins and assist those homes with gardens that produce enough garden waste to justify a fortnightly collection.

The service complements other more environmentally beneficial ways to use/dispose of garden waste. These include leaving grass cuttings on your lawn, reusing garden waste by composting or creating piles for insects, birds and other local wildlife; which not only help the eco-system but the garden itself.

To further help residents with composting, the council is working in partnership with Great Green Systems to offer an exclusive 35% discount to residents on a range of composters, find out more here.

Excess garden waste can be disposed of for free, at all eight of the council’s household waste recycling centres which are open seven days a week, no booking required. Residents can find their closest centre here.

Residents can find out when their first brown bin collection date is by downloading the Leeds Bin App or by checking online.

Leeds City Council recently announced a raft of new measures designed to help residents deal with their waste responsibly.


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