Decision on Sheffield waste changes to save £3.4m a year due to be made - in private

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Changes to Sheffield waste services – including plans for shared bins – are to be decided in private rather than at a public meeting.

Consultation on the shake-up, which aims to save Sheffield Council £3.4 million a year, was launched in March.

Proposals include new charges for replacement black bins and garden containers, as well as the potential of shared bins in some ‘transient’ communities.

Other proposals could see extra Christmas waste, which will not fit in bins, no longer taken for free from 2016, collection days changing.

The council said a decision would be made by the relevant cabinet member under ‘delegated powers’ rather than at a meeting open to the public – though the decision is classed as ‘key’ and could affect all residents.

A council spokesman said that was ‘standard process’ and ‘in accordance with the council’s constitution.’

She added: “We understand people in Sheffield care enormously about their waste collection services, and have consulted with the public on potential changes.”

Consultation results will be published, likely at the end of this month, and proposals shared before the cabinet member decides.

The spokesman said the process was ‘fully transparent and open to scrutiny.’