Fortnightly bin collections to begin next month

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FORTNIGHTLY bin collections are being introduced in Sheffield from next month.

The switch will be implemented in two phases, with half of the city starting the new arrangements in July and the other half in September.

All households will be able to choose which items of recycling they put in their blue bins and boxes once the changes come in.

Details about which areas will be first to receive the new arrangements have not yet been revealed.

Sheffield Council said the changes aim to save £2.5 million a year - but they will lead to job cuts.

Residents living in large households or where a resident has a medical condition that produces lots of waste will be able to apply for an additional or larger black bin.

Further support will be provided through house visits which will be taking place over the next few weeks in certain areas of the city to support the changeover and to explain the support available including advice on larger bin applications.

Leaflets will be dropping through residents’ letterboxes giving details about the changes.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “The fact is that we have been left with a massive budget gap because of this Government’s cuts.

“If savings are not found in the waste budget, other services would have to be cut even further to fill the gap.

“Making this change in Sheffield means we can protect other services. We are determined to make sure we support Sheffield people in adapting to this change.”

Residents should continue to use the black bin and recycling services as normal until they receive an information pack about alternate week collectionsk, Veolia said.

Many households will have a change of collection day for both their black bin and recycling collections, and the new collection dates will be provided as part of the information pack.

For more information about alternate week collections, visit www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield or call 0114 273 4567.

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