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City waste sites to open longer

Overflowing bins in Leeds
The bin strike in Leeds is now in its sixth week

Several waste recycling centres in Leeds are to extend their opening hours because the bin strike has led to an increase in demand for services.

Refuse workers employed by the city council have been striking since 7 September in a row over proposed cuts to their pay.

The council said many residents had chosen to take their recycling and rubbish to waste sorting sites.

From Wednesday six sites will be open from 0800 - 1800 BST seven days a week.

Sites at Kirkstall Road, East Leeds in Seacroft, Meanwood Road, Thorpe Arch industrial estate, Pudsey Grangefield and Ellar Ghyll in Otley are extending their hours.

'Ongoing disruption'

All the sites take general black bin waste, however containers for recyclable green bin waste have also been installed at several sites since the strike began.

These containers, which are located at centres in Meanwood, Thorpe Arch, Yeadon, Harehills and Pudsey, are for a mix of cans, paper, card and plastic.

The council has also relaxed rules to allow residents to use vans or trailers to transport household waste to the sites on a daily basis.

Councillor James Monaghan said: "We apologise to residents for the ongoing disruption to their normal waste and recycling collection services caused by the ongoing strike action."

He added that the council was prioritising the collection of black bin waste but it was hoped the extended opening hours would "help people recycle during this period".

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