Deal lets householders pick which bin or box to use from next month

Bin men emptying domestic waste bins
Bin men emptying domestic waste bins
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A NEW system for recycling household waste is finally being put in place, after weeks of negotiations between Sheffield Council and contractor Veolia.

The change, which will allow residents to choose whether to use blue bins or boxes for paper or cans and bottles, will be rolled out from May 23.

For the last year residents have complained the existing kerbside collection system was unsuitable, with wheeled bins used for bottles and cans and smaller boxes for paper.

Many said filling boxes with paper made them too heavy to carry and they had little protection from wind or rain.

A new system, allowing residents to choose which receptacle to use, was meant to be in place on April 1, but was delayed in a row over costs.

Council leader Paul Scriven said the change will now cost significantly less than the £750,000 Veolia is understood to have originally asked for.

He said: “I’m sure local people will understand that by waiting just a little longer than originally planned we can get the best price possible, which will be significantly less than what has been quoted.

“We underspent on the waste budget by £1.5m last year, thanks to increased profits on material collected via the new recycling service.”

Nigel Williams, managing director of Veolia Environmental Services, said: “We are working closely with the council to provide the right recycling service for residents of Sheffield.”

Gillian Charters, council head of waste management, said: “We had a very useful meeting with Veolia and they were keen to find a solution”

She said the changes will be introduced in two phases, from May 23. Residents should use the current system until they receive letters from Veolia.