End of Sheffield weekly collections - but you chose what goes in blue bins

Recycling shake up: Residents decide what to put in blue bin.
Recycling shake up: Residents decide what to put in blue bin.
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RESIDENTS across Sheffield will finally have a choice about how to recycle in their blue bins and boxes.

Nearly 18 months ago, council bosses pledged a shake-up to kerbside recycling, after months of complaints from irritated city residents unhappy with the way the system was run.

Many householders complained the blue boxes used for paper were too heavy to lift and unsuitable for newspaper, with little protection from wind or rain.

And they said it would be better if the blue wheelie bins - meant for bottles, plastics and cans - could be used instead.

In November 2010, Liberal Democrat councillors announced residents would be allowed to choose themselves what to put in their boxes or bins.

But there were numerous hold-ups - first there was a row with contractor Veolia over the cost of the change, and then Labour paused the new system after it had been rolled out to a few sections of the city.

Now, the council will allow every household in the city to choose. It will cost £150,000 to roll out the system.

Proposals to abandon weekly black bin collections in favour of fortnightly were approved.

A question from the public gallery asked why the council had not applied for Government cash to keep weekly collections.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for environment and transport, said the council had not had responses to letters seeking a guarantee of the cash.

He said: “We are moving forward to fortnightly collections so we can protect frontline services.”