Council outlines changes to recycle bin collections

Bin collections are changing in Sheffield
Bin collections are changing in Sheffield
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Sheffield City Council has outlined planned changes to recycling collections which will be rolled out over the city over the next few months.

Black bin collections will remain fortnightly, but the new system will see the introduction of a new brown bin - to replace the existing blue box - to be used for glass, cans and plastic bottles.

The existing blue bin will now be used to recycle paper and card - with collections taking place once monthly on alternative fortnights between black bin collections.

Plans to replace individual bins with larger communal dumpster bins in parts of the city has also been axed after a public consultation failed to back the proposal.

The majority of residents will keep the same collection day, and the brown deliveries will take place over a 12-week period, costing the authority around £2m, which they say will be recouped over the next two years by making savings in collection costs.

Bins will be delivered in two phases - properties in the north of the city will have bins delivered between July 30 and September 8 in the north of the city, with the first collections of the new system beginning August 27.

The second phase in the south of Sheffield will run from September 10 to October 20, with first collections commencing on October 15.

Leaflets will also be delivered to every household explaining the changes and including a calendar of collection dates.

Special leaflets will also be delivered to areas with a large number of residents who are not native English speakers, and another to areas with a high density of students.

Councillor Lewis Dagnall, cabinet member for environment and street scene, said: “Recycling is very much in the public mind at the moment because of Blue Planet and other related issues about how we can increase recycling and reduce plastic waste.

“And so it seems like a really good time to be expanding the service for households with a new brown bin, and then later in the year we will be rolling out a new recycling service as well to flats and maisonettes across the city.”

In a separate development, Sheffield’s Liberal Democrats have launched their own bid for a major shake-up of the city’s recycling.

In Sheffield, only plastic bottles can be recycling, while items such as yoghurt pots, carrier bags, margarine tubs, food trays and bottle tops can’t be recycled - unlike many other authorities.

They say that over the last 10 years, Sheffield has had the worst recycling performance in Yorkshire.

In 2016/17 Sheffield’s recycling rate has only increased by 4.66 per cent over the last 10 years to 29.6 per cent, the Lib Dems said.

Meanwhile Rotherham increased recycling by 13.76 per cent to 42.1 per cent, Chesterfield by 14.31 per cent to 46 per cent, Doncaster by 22.6 per cent to 47 per cent and Barnsley by 24.4 per cent to 48.5 per cent.

Sheffield dropped from 231 in the recycling league table back in 2006/7 to 314 in the 2016/17 league table.