Fortnightly Sheffield bin collections begin

Fly tipping at Club Mill Road at Neepsend
Fly tipping at Club Mill Road at Neepsend
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A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to introduce fortnightly bin collections in Sheffield gets under way today - amid residents’ concerns fly-tipping in the city could soar.

Complaints about fly-tipping in the city are higher than anywhere else in the country, according to Government figures which show 58,080 incidents were reported in a year.

And as fortnightly refuse collections start today, debate has continued to rage among readers on The Star’s Facebook fan page.

Steven Smith said: “Fly tipping will increase with this idea, extra bin bags in the street which won’t get taken, increase in wildlife foxes and squalor in the streets.”

Mick Ibbotson added: “Well an alternative solution is burn the stuff - the return of garden bonfires seems to be arriving - the return of smoggy Sheffield just a stone’s throw away.”

And Steve Smithy said: “Sorry to say there will be more and more fly-tipping.

“It’s bad now but will get worse, it’s unsightly and will cost just as much clearing the bags when they are tipped.”

The comments were sparked after angry bin workers employed by council contractor Veolia predicted ‘utter chaos’ when the collections get underway.

Sheffield Council says it has ‘no choice’ but to make the changes after the ‘heavy blow’ of budget cuts.

Council chiefs said they ware doing all they could to ensure therewas as little disruption as possible.

In relation to fly tipping, a spokesman said the number of complaints did not indicate the problem was worse in Sheffield, just that residents were better at reporting it.

However, the comments weren’t all negative.

Dawn Lowry said: “It makes people recycle more.

“I live in Doncaster and didn’t recycle at all before we went to fortnightly collections but do now.

“We are a family of five and we manage fine with fortnightly.

Steven Cartlidge added: “If Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham can do it and have been doing fortnightly collections for years so can Sheffield.”