Waste charges rise for Sheffield charities and hostels

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Waste collection charges paid by Sheffield charities and residential hostels have risen after council plans were agreed.

The highest increase, for the largest black bins at 1,100 litre capacity, will see costs go up from £415.49 to £432.11 - while administration costs soar from £19 to £52 and delivery costs by £2 to £52.

Smaller 140 litre black bins will cost £55 to collect rather than £52.88, while administration rises from £19 to £19.76, and delivery from £10 to £10.76.

A Sheffield Council report says its charges have not increased since 2012 and it has ‘absorbed’ rising costs of providing services through its contract with Veolia - and that other services would be cut if it did not increase charges by four per cent.

Kevin Bradley, from charity St Wilfrid’s Centre on Queens Road which helps homeless and vulnerable people, said: “Obviously any sort of increase in these hard times is difficult to meet because everything is being cut back.

“Charities have to find the money from somewhere because it is a necessity. We are serving meals to clients every day so we have a lot of waste.”

Charities do not have to pay charges for disposal or recycling. The proposals, which were agreed on May 8 by cabinet member Coun Jayne Dunne, also affect residential homes, hospitals, schools. hotels and campsites.

Those premises will pay £207.13 for the smallest 140 litre bins to be emptied, compared to £199.16 previously, and £818.23 for the largest 1,100 litre bin, rather than £786.76. Administration, bin rental and delivery costs will also rise.

The council says customers can use private waste collection services.

A spokesman added: “Unfortunately this small increase is necessary to balance the books. Charges for waste collection have not changed since 2012, although during this time the cost of providing these services has continued to increase.

“This increase has been absorbed by the council which is not a sustainable position.

“Already in the 2015-16 financial year, Sheffield Council is having to make cuts of £63m. If the council continued to charge for waste collection at the same rate , reductions in other services would be necessary in order to cover the cost.”