New delay in decision on proposed Sheffield bin changes

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A decision on changes to waste services in Sheffield which could introduce shared bins will not be made until next year after a delay.

Sheffield Council launched a consultation on changes in March in a bid to save £3.4 million a year to meet Government cuts.

Options include shared bins being introduced in some ‘transient’ communities including student areas, following a pilot in Sharrow Vale, and new charges for replacement black bins and garden waste containers.

A decision was due to be made in May, then delayed after the cabinet member responsible changed from Coun Jayne Dunn to Coun Terry Fox.

The decision is expected to be made privately rather than in a public meeting and the council said in May it would take place in the ‘next few weeks’.

But it has been delayed again and will now not be made until 2016.

Coun Fox, member for environment and transport, said: “We know waste collections are very important to the people of Sheffield and this is why we are working with our contractor to ensure that any changes we make are the right ones, for the right reasons.

“Following a public consultation carried out earlier this year, in which we asked members of the public for their views on a whole range of options for changes to waste collections, we are still considering all options and are in discussions with our waste contractor, Veolia.

“We anticipate that discussions may take several more weeks before any final decisions are made.”

The consultation also included proposals to charge £20 for replacing lost and damaged black bins or blue containers, after a first replacement.

Blue bins would remain free but green garden waste containers will also cost £20 .

Extra Christmas waste which will not fit in the bin could also no longer be taken for free unless residents have had to wait longer than two weeks for a collection.

Missed collections will be dealt with within two working days rather than one and extra paper and card left next to recycling containers will not be taken.

Other proposed changes include starting collections at 6am rather than 7am and limiting blue boxes for card and paper to one per household.

Currently, black bins are picked up on the same day as blue bins and boxes but on alternate weeks. But under the proposed changes collections may take place on different days.