Update on the refuse service and outline of recovery plan

The following communication has been passed to your local Green Councillors:

8th March

As promised here is an update on the service and to outline the recovery plan:

Whilst the thaw has been fast this afternoon, conditions this morning were really atrocious, and unfortunately collections have been significantly disrupted again today. As I said this morning, we were still working behind on collections due to the disruption last week, so clearly this has been a set-back to our recovery schedule.

With that in mind, we’ve taken the difficult decision to suspend green bin collections for the rest of the week, so that we can focus on the recovery of black bins. Feedback from Elected Members and the public (mainly via Social Media) has been that we should prioritise recovering missed black bins over scheduled green bin collections.

If all goes well this should get us to the position where the service can return to normal scheduled collections from Monday. It will also enable us to recover any black bins from last week that have still not been collected.

Key messages to the public are therefore:

  • If your black bin has been missed today, or last week, please leave it out for collection and we will empty it as soon as possible.
  • If your green bin has not been emptied, please put it away, and present it for collection on your next scheduled collection day with any extra recycling at the side of the bin.
  • Take your garden waste bin back in. The service is suspended until 12th March, and we will not be recovering collections so that we can concentrate on black bins.

These messages will be cascaded via Social Media, the website and Customer Services. Any help you can give us to get the message out would be welcomed.

I hope this is helpful.



Tom Smith – Chief Officer (Waste Management) Leeds City Council


Latest news on refuse and recycling collections

The following communication has been passed to your local Councillors:

5th March 2018

A further brief update on the situation with refuse and recycling collections this morning.

The weather improved significantly on Saturday and yesterday which means that most residential streets are now accessible to our crews. Given the suspension of service last Thursday, the majority of the service is currently working one day behind on collections. We have some additional resources in place every day undertaking recovery and hope to have collections back on schedule by the end of the week.

Whilst we have recovered the vast majority of missed black bin collections from last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and many of the green bins, we unfortunately do not have enough staffing/vehicle resources available to undertake any further recovery collections from those days.

Key messages to residents are therefore:
· If your black or green bin was due on Wednesday 28th February, Thursday 1st March, or Friday 2nd March and has still not been emptied – please put it away and we will collect it on your next scheduled collection. We will take side waste at the next scheduled collection.
· We are currently working a day behind on scheduled collections since Saturday 3rd March, so please leave your black or green bins out.
· Take your garden waste bin back in. The service is suspended until 12th March, and we will not be recovering collections so that we can concentrate on black and green bins.

These messages will be cascaded via Social Media, the website and Customer Services. Any help you can give us to get the message out would be welcomed.

I hope this is helpful.


Tom Smith
Chief Officer (Waste Management)
Leeds City Council

Vote for hope, vote Green today



Jonathan Bartley, Green Party co-leader has set out why a Green vote matters. He has said:

“No matter where you’re casting your vote on election day, you have the chance to put issues you care about on the agenda – from climate change to Brexit. Only the Green Party will fix the NHS crisis and invest in education.

“My message to voters ahead of tomorrow is to vote with your heart, and vote Green. If we wake up to a Conservative government on June 9, Green MPs will hold them to account, whether it’s by calling out the government for bringing the NHS to its knees or fighting an extreme Brexit. We’d be making sure a Labour government delivered on the bold promises in its manifesto – and taking them even further.

“I’m calling on people across the UK to vote not just for the MP they want, but the kind of country they want. The Green Party stands for a caring a confident country, that invests in public services, protects the environment and would give the people of Britain a say on the final Brexit deal. We’ll always stand up for what matters and fight for an inclusive, tolerant society with a positive vision for a sustainable future.”

Vote with your heart for a decent future. Vote Green in Leeds West. Thank you.

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Green candidate present at fox hunting demonstration

Leeds West Green Party candidate Andrew Pointon and his wife Tina  joined other demonstrators at Leeds City Square on 27th May to protest about Theresa May’s plan to hold a free vote on ending the ban of fox hunting if the Conservatives form the next government.

Despite torrential rain for much of the route, a large group of people united by their love of animals and loathing of cruelty to animals, marched through the streets of Leeds city centre to draw attention to the current Prime Minister’s support for a return of fox hunting, and to call on people not to vote Conservative. The heavy rain did not dampen spirits and the noisy but peaceful demonstration seemed to have the backing of the majority of the public passing by.

Andrew said of the event:

“Since my mid-teens I have been passionately opposed to fox hunting and at that time I was a member of the League Against Cruel Sports. I was delighted when the Hunting Act in 2004 banned the barbaric act of hunting foxes and indeed other wild animals, although personally I felt it should have been stronger. Sadly it comes as no surprise that Mrs May said that if re-elected as Prime Minister she will set in motion a chance to repeal that legislation and look to bring back fox hunting.

How anyone can derive pleasure from seeing a beautiful creature torn to shreds meeting such a violent and horrific death is beyond me. Both my wife and I are passionate advocates of animal rights so clearly it was important to us both to be here to help raise awareness that a vote for the Tories is among other terrible things, a vote to bring back fox hunting. We must keep the ban in place and strengthen legislation to protect our wildlife even more.”

The Green Party opposes the return of fox hunting and has comprehensive policies on animal welfare. The Greens For Animal Protection Group is a Green Party initiative which aims to develop policy on animal protection issues and also campaign for animals. The Green Party’s Animal Rights policies in full can be found here.



Find out more about Andrew

Andrew in the Lake DistrictIf you want find out more about Andrew and what you can expect if you elect him as your MP, you can read about:

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