City bins review is approved

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A REVIEW into Sheffield’s waste service is to go ahead with all options on the table - including a switch to fortnightly collections - even though the Government is offering councils cash to keep weekly collections.

Sheffield Council’s ruling Labour group has passed a motion proposing a ‘comprehensive’ examination of the service to see how it can achieve ‘best value and the best possible service’ for residents.

Coun Leigh Bramall, the cabinet member responsible for the waste service, said: “The administration will be asking the council’s cross-party Economic and Environmental Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee to undertake a comprehensive review of the waste management service.

“The committee will be asked to investigate how the council can best-provide an effective and sustainable waste management service based on people’s needs and expectations whilst achieving value for money.”

The motion - approved yesterday - was an amended version of a motion proposed by Lib Dem opposition leader Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, urging councillors to commit to weekly bin collections. The review will also reconsider how the council’s recycling collections are made.

Sheffield Council needs to save around £50 million next year.

Up to £7 million of £84 million savings being implemented this year are also in jeopardy - dependent on renegotiating cheaper deals with contractors who provide some council services.

Labour councillors say they have no specific plans to reduce bin collections but switching to fortnightly would save £2.4 million.

They fear the money offered by the Government will not go far enough to preserve the weekly service.