Big debate on future of city’s bin collections

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THE future of Sheffield’s bin collections will be discussed today by councillors after a review of the service.

Members of Sheffield Council’s economic and environmental wellbeing scrutiny committee will gather at 2pm in the Town Hall to debate the conclusions.

The review included inviting the public to fill in a questionnaire and consultation with focus groups to gauge people’s opinions.

The cash-strapped council is considering whether to scrap weekly bin collections to save at least £2.4 million each year, and end green waste collections, which would save a further £1.5 million annually.

Other options being considered include changing recycling collections after residents were unhappy with blue boxes for paper and cutting the hours of household waste recycling centres.

Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “The review has come up with a range of ideas about how the service can be changed and we must now discuss the different options.”

A decision on how the service will be changed is set to be made as part of the council’s budget-setting process.