RESIDENTS in Sheffield are being asked if bin collections go fortnightly, recycling be collected from one wheelie bin instead of separate blue bins and boxes and whether free garden waste collections should be scrapped?
Sheffield Council is asking the questions as part of its review about how household waste and recycling collections should be run in the future.
Over the next four weeks, people will be able to give their views online or by filling in a paper form.
The council is asking how much use households are making of recycling collections and whether they would prefer it if all items could be put in one bin.
Residents are being asked whether weekly bin collections should stay or be axed to save £2.4 million a year.
And a further question asks whether free garden waste collections should be axed to save £1.5 million each year.
Lib Dem opposition leader Coun Shaffaq Mohammed said the emphasis of the council survey was on whether black bin collections should be changed - when recent controversy had been about how the recycling service.
He said: “We fear that Labour’s Town Hall bosses have already made their mind up to move to a fortnightly bin collection and reduce recycling services.
“This exercise seems to be more about providing a cover than carrying out a proper consultation. I’m not sure that a short online survey conducted over the summer holidays is sufficient, given that these proposed service changes would affect every household.”
Coun Leigh Bramall, council cabinet member for environment, said: “We know that the collection of household waste is something that many people have very strong opinions about, as it affects everyone’s daily lives - whether it’s the frequency of the collections or wider issues around the overall impact on the environment.”
n The questionnaire can be filled in online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/wastesurvey, meanwhile paper copies are available from Council First Point offices, housing offices and libraries or by calling 0844 522 0100.