Your recycling efforts across Sheffield make £500k for city council

Bin men emptying domestic waste bins
Bin men emptying domestic waste bins
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residents made Sheffield Council more than half a million pounds in the first year of new recycling collections, The Star can reveal today.

The council earned £577,131 from selling paper, card, glass, cans and plastic bottles saved by households across the city in their blue bins and boxes, Freedom of Information Act figures show.

The cash was made in the first 10 months of the scheme - which was launched in February 2010.

Former council leader Paul Scriven, who helped introduce the scheme, said he knew ‘Sheffielders would rise to the challenge and help not just make an improvement to the environment but also to raise income’.

But the £2.5 million bill for carrying out the collections has been criticised as too pricey.

- See today’s Star for the full story.