Date set for Sheffield fortnightly bin collections to begin

Change: Fortnightly bin collections to start in all areas at once.
Change: Fortnightly bin collections to start in all areas at once.
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FORTNIGHTLY bin collections are to be introduced in Sheffield all at once rather in two stages - and will start from August 13.

Sheffield Council was previously planning to introduce the new arrangements in two phases, for half the city in July and the other half in September.

But making the change all at once will save £200,000.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member responsible for waste management, said: “This is a major saving which is coming from us not having to pay for weekly collections for some areas for another six weeks.

“The money will allow us to make improvements to other services.”

Coun Scott said just over 20 binmen will lose their jobs due to the changeover, but no redundancies will be compulsory.

Leaflets will be delivered to households from Monday informing them of the new arrangements, which will also mean a change of collection day for most households. Recycling collections will be on the same day in the intervening week.

Flexible recycling collections will also start for all areas. From August 13, all residents will be able to choose which items to put in their blue boxes or bins.

The move to fortnightly rubbish collections will save £2.4 million a year although only £1m will be saved in the current financial year, up from £800,000 originally forecast. The lower saving in 2012/13 is due to the cost of the changeover and redundancies.

Meanwhile, the city’s five household waste recycling centres will not fully open until next Monday after the end of an indefinite strike over job losses.

Today only Shirecliffe household recycling centre will be open, with Shirecliffe and Gleadless Valley open on Saturday and Sunday.

The Star understands that a rota had not been drawn up by subcontractor SOVA for the remaining days of this week and not enough staff had volunteered to work.