BIN collection days are set to change for most Sheffield households to improve reliability - as alternate fortnightly rubbish collections begin in less than a month.
Sheffield Council and contractor Veolia are sending leaflets to the city’s 300,000 households informing them of the arrangements, which will see black bins and blue bins and boxes collected on the same day on alternate weeks.
Officials say there will be a two-week ‘transition’ period when collections change on August 13, during which ‘a small number’ of households will go up to 10 days without a black or blue bin collection.
SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS OF SHEFFIELD WARDS WHERE THE BIN COLLECTION CHANGES WILL BE FIRST INTRODUCED.
North Sheffield will have black bins collected in the week beginning August 13 and recycling in the week of August 20, with the reverse in southern areas.
Larger bins are being issued at no extra charge, on request, and are to be delivered to households within the first month of the new operation - when families will be able to leave up to two extra bags with their black bin for the first two collections.
Sheffield Council argues fortnightly collections work well in surrounding areas.
But Jean Gleadall, of Wisewood Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “People are not interested in what works in areas like Barnsley or Doncaster - they look at what they get back for their council tax and a weekly bin collection is are among the main services residents use.”
Bosses are promising alterations will make collections ‘more reliable’, particularly during the winter.
Currently, collections take place in different areas across the city every day but the new changes will see all crews working in one large area at a time on each day of the week.
Gillian Charters, head of waste management, said: “It means that if a lorry breaks down there will be cover in the same area. Also, it will be easier to keep the minor roads gritted in winter to ensure each area’s bins are emptied in ice and snow.
“Most people will get a change of bin day but the alterations will mean that their alternate bins will be emptied on the same day each week, apart from a small number of exceptions.
“When the new arrangements start, all households will be able to choose which items to put in their blue recycling bins and boxes.”
Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member responsible for waste management, said: “We are in negotiations with Veolia to have interest taken into account for future years which could deliver a further, substantial saving to help set against any budget cuts or fund other services.”
HOW THE BIN CHANGES WILL BE INTRODUCED:
BLACK bins being emptied in first week of change, by ward, from August 13: Stocksbridge, East and West Ecclesfield, Stannington, Hillsborough, Southey, Firth Park, Shiregreen and Brightside, Burngreave, Fulwood, Crookes, most of Broomhill, northern half of Central ward, Ecclesall ward to west of Ecclesall Road South, Dore and Totley to west of Ecclesall Road South.
Recycling bins and boxes emptied in first week of new arrangements: Dore and Totley to east of Ecclesall Road South, Ecclesall to east of Ecclesall Road South, Nether Edge, southern half of Central ward, Broomhall ward near Hunters Bar, Beauchief and Greenhill, Graves Park, Gleadless Valley, Arbourthorne, Manor Castle, Darnall, Richmond, Beighton, Woodhouse, Birley, Mosborough.