Council cost of clearing Sheffield estates doubles

Mick Daniels, of Brushes TARA
Mick Daniels, of Brushes TARA
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A Sheffield community group has hit out after the cost of clearing an estate of waste more than doubled in just a year.

Brushes Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, which serves the Brushes estate in Firth Park, held a Bring Out Your Rubbish Day in which 15 tonnes of rubbish was collected by bin staff.

But organisers were shocked to find the cost charged by Sheffield Council had risen from £1,000 to £2,600.

The North East Local Area Partnership provided a grant of £1,100 towards the cost.

But Mick Daniels, of the TARA, said: “That money could have been used for different things to help the community – it would be a lot harder for the council to clear all that waste up if it had been dumped.

“I’ve reported some fly-tipping only this morning, a mini suitcase filled with tarmac just left on a footpath.

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“The council said the cost was going up because they didn’t used to charge by the tonnage and now they do.

“A dustbin lorry and three men came out to do the work but they won’t have seen a penny of that.”

The council charges groups directly for the service, although it is provided by Veolia.

It said the community group was informed of how the fee would be calculated and the overall cost four weeks before the collection day in December.

Coun Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for environment, added: “Whilst it is unfortunate that the cost for disposal for these days now has to be recovered, the TARA did receive a contribution from the North East Local Area Partnership of approximately £1,100 to help offset some of the expected cost.

“The events continue to allow communities to access a cost effective disposal service for large bulky waste items without the need for them to be taken to a recycling centre or collected through the bulky collection service and help to reduce the amount of potential fly-tipping incidents.”