Sheffield Council is consulting on a range of changes to its waste policy as it attempts to save £3.4m from its budget.
Cabinet member for the environment Bryan Lodge explains why the changes are being made.
This month we have seen the council lead the way with its Clean Sheffield campaign.
This not only shows the pride we have in our city and the exceptional work being carried out by staff, volunteers and members of the public to keep it clean, but also the tough stance we’ll take on those who drop litter and choose to tip their waste unlawfully, causing a blight to in our neighbourhoods.
Clean Sheffield is something that extends into people’s homes and their recycling habits too.
Earlier this month, we launched the consultation to get our customers views in a bid to make sure our recycling services are fit for purpose and enable us to meet our green aspirations.
How we get rid of our rubbish is everyone’s business, and we know that changes to bin services in Sheffield are usually hotly-debated.
We’re talking to residents at an early stage of these proposals to make sure we get the right balance between making it easier for more people to recycle more and providing efficient value for money services whilst we continue to tackle the funding cuts from Government.
We are certainly not cutting the frequency of black bin collections but want to ensure that the services we offer mirror the needs and lives of our residents.
I would urge people to have their say so we can continue to prove that Sheffield is committed to being a green city.
The city centre is changing and it is essential we do all we can to make it a city we’re proud of showing to the world.
That’s why we’re so pleased The Star is backing us and helping us deliver an outdoor city that gets it right – from bins to big businesses.”
To have your say on the proposed recycling changes, visit https://sheffield.citizenspace.com by September 15, request a paper copy by calling 0114 2037621 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes will be submitted for cabinet approval in the autumn.