Almost 20,000 residents are already benefiting from a pilot brown bin scheme which collects grass cuttings, hedge clippings, leaves, bedding plants, weeds, twigs and small branches.
In four months, this has already yielded 214 tonnes, with those not yet covered by the scheme being urged to take waste to one of the 11 household waste sort sites across the city.
Leeds City Council executive member responsible for waste management and recycling Steve Smith said: During the spring and summer months, garden waste makes up a significant proportion of the total waste collected for households throughout Leeds. In fact, in some areas of the city the amount of waste collected can increase by as much as 10 tonnes in one week.
By collecting this waste separately and disposing of it in the right way, the amount of waste going to landfill will be reduced significantly and will contribute towards our ambition to become a zero-waste city.
Households on the new brown bin scheme are to have their waste collected fortnightly on a rota which will continue until September with everything collected re-processed as soil conditioner and compost for farms.