Should Sheffield’s wheelie bins be emptied fortnightly?

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Fortnightly bin collections could be on the cards in Sheffield as council chiefs seek ways to make further massive savings.

Council chief executive John Mothersole warned tough times will continue, with £35 million of savings necessary in 2012/13 and a similar amount the following year.

He said switching bin collections from weekly to fortnightly would save the council £2.4 million.

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Mr Mothersole said: “Remaining cuts for the next two years will be very deep. We have given ourselves a year to look at options - one could be fortnightly bin collections to save £2.4 million.

“Our two biggest expenses are children’s and adults’ social services, which would be very difficult to cut.”

Moving to bin collections once every two weeks would bring Sheffield in line with neighbouring areas Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and parts of North Derbyshire.

The idea of halving the frequency of bin collections today received a mixed reaction from the public.

But council leader Paul Scriven said the Lib Dems were opposed to fortnightly collections.

He said: “Sheffielders are not telling me they want to go to a fortnightly collection.”