Concern over unemptied Sheffield bins during heavy snow

A motorist waiting to have their car recoved after friday night's snow fall on the Sheffield to Hathersage road at Dore   See Story ??????????? Picture Chris Lawton   '23/03/13
A motorist waiting to have their car recoved after friday night's snow fall on the Sheffield to Hathersage road at Dore See Story ??????????? Picture Chris Lawton '23/03/13
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Almost 40,000 homes in Sheffield missed out on their scheduled waste collections last week when heavy snowfall left binmen unable to reach some streets.

Liberal Democrats in the city claim the missed black bin collections were down to Labour-run Sheffield Council’s ‘failure’ to deal with wintry weather.

Sheffield experienced the largest amount of snow in 30 years last month - with 21cms falling.

The city also suffered one the coldest Marchs for more than a century.

But the Lib Dems claim Sheffield City Council could have coped better.

Coun Rob Frost, a Lib Dem councillor for Crookes, said: “Labour council bosses have been utterly complacent about their approach to the snow and this latest cold snap caught them half asleep.

“As a result of their failure, some households in Crookes have been forced to wait almost three weeks between rubbish collections.

“Many families are already struggling with Labour’s fortnightly bin collections and the reductions in recycling services – this latest gaffe did not help.”

A total of 148,499 bin collections were scheduled between March 22 and 29, and 39,409 were missed.

The Lib Dems claim 8,981 black bins went uncollected for five days.

A spokeswoman for Veolia, which operates waste collection services on behalf of the city council, said: “........”