24th June 2022

Leeds Council Proposes Changes for Everyday Waste Management

The City Council in Leeds highlighted its dedication to reducing waste and assisting residents responsibly and lawfully dispose of unwanted items, whether by themselves or through a removal company in Leeds.


The City Council in Leeds highlighted its dedication to reducing waste and assisting residents responsibly and lawfully dispose of unwanted items, whether by themselves or through a removal company in Leeds.

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The council’s executive board recently considered a report recommending that senior councillors approve several new measures to improve the legal alternatives available to homeowners for disposing of waste responsibly.

The withdrawal of the collection charge for removals Leeds-wide of bulky household items and an increase in city-wide collection capacity by 20% were among the suggested strategies.

Senior councillors were presented with information about forming a new Serious Environmental Crime Team to provide a more powerful deterrent for those engaged in organised environmental crime.

The Cleaner Neighbourhoods Team is set to provide increased specialist capacity to combat environmental crime, such as fly tipping committed by organised, improperly operating waste disposal firms and individuals.

While most household waste can lawfully be placed in black, green, or brown bins issued by the council, there are recycling centres and a network of bring banks across Leeds; the plans propose further expanded provision and assistance for households and local businesses to dispose of their unwanted items and waste responsibly.

These rules were expected to be approved by the executive board, including expanded access hours for trade waste businesses to use council Household Waste and Recycling Centres. There is also a two-fold increase in the amount of waste that Leeds Rental Standards scheme-approved landlords can dispose of for free at council sites. And the proposals also include introducing a plan to make it easier for Leeds residents to locate clearance businesses with the appropriate licences to dispose of waste lawfully.

In addition, it has been suggested that the Otley Ellar Ghyll waste and recycling facility will stay open seven days a week in the near future, while longer-term prospects for a bigger replacement site with a reuse shop are being explored.

The report also calls for further action to raise public awareness of the benefit of reusing any unwanted items as much as possible, including collaborating with existing reuse organisations such as Revive charity shops and furniture reuse charities. There will also be increased support for Zero Waste Leeds in developing more creative clothing reuse schemes like the school uniform exchange project.

The initiatives also include partnering with the volunteer-led community initiative Litter Free Leeds to create a city-wide, community-driven anti-litter effort in 2022.

The executive member for environment and housing, Councillor Mohammed Rafique, said:

“This raft of complementary measures builds on the support and range of options available to residents to ensure that their unwanted items and household waste are disposed of responsibly and legally. We understand the increasing financial challenges facing may households and the removal of the charge for the collection of bulky items at this time is one of a number of ways we want to support residents.

“As well as the range of positive measures outlined, we are also establishing a new, specialist Serious Environmental Crime Team for Leeds. This will re-new our focus on tracking down and prosecuting those companies and individuals involved in organised waste crime in Leeds. Our message to those criminals is we will catch you and see you in court.”

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Waste management

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Our services are efficient, professional, and respectful of your needs and wishes. We’ll work with you every step to ensure the project is carried out to your satisfaction.

Recycling and rehoming

We’re committed to minimising the amount of waste going to landfills. We make every effort to recycle or repurpose materials from your house clearance.

If you believe you have anything of worth, please let us know. We may be able to purchase certain items from you on occasion to lower the cost of your waste removal.

If there are any items you don’t want us to remove, simply ensure it is clearly labelled and placed on a separate pile, and we’ll take the rest.

Commercial clearance

We also assist with commercial removals Leeds wide needs, whether owned offices or rental properties. If during the course of planning your move, you find you have old equipment, paperwork, or other items you no longer have any need for, we can ensure these are disposed of responsibly and securely, including sensitive commercial waste. Jorvik Removals & Self Storage Leeds strives to make your move as simple and painless as possible.


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