Sheffield bin strike: Bin collections to be impacted as workers go on strike

Sheffield bin workers will go on strike this month, with waste and recycling collections set to be disrupted.

Friday, 5th November 2021, 12:43 am

The industrial action was due to take place on Monday, November 1, by refuse workers at Veolia, but it was suspended to allow GMB members to vote on an improved offer put forward by the company.

Members voted on whether they wanted to accept a two-year deal which would see a 3 per cent increase for year one and a further 3 per cent for year two.

Despite Veolia proposing an agreement that met the requests of the GMB union, the improved deal has been rejected by a ballot, and workers are now preparing to strike on Monday mornings starting from November 8.

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Strike action by Veolia staff and GMB representatives is planned on Monday mornings from November 8. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

A post on the Recycle4Sheffield Twitter account said: “We are disappointed to announce that despite Veolia proposing an agreement which met the requests of the GMB union, this improved deal has been rejected by a ballot. We are now preparing for industrial action on Monday mornings from 8 November from 6.30 am to 10.30 am.

“We continue to engage with our colleagues and GMB representatives, and we are working to minimise any disruption to residents’ recycling and waste services.

“We will provide further information to residents regarding changes to bin collections and would like to apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.”

Last week, Sheffield City Council assured people that any disruption to bin collections from the planned strike would be 'kept to a minimum'.

The council has said the industrial action could result in some residents’ bins not being emptied on their scheduled day.

What should I do if my bin is due to be collected on November 8?

If the collection does not take place, you should leave your bin out until it has been emptied.

The council has issued the following advice to residents:

Monday 8 November, Black Bin collections

If your black bin is due for collection on Monday 8 November, we will attempt to collect your black bin on the weekend before your scheduled collection day. Please put your black bin out for collection by 7am on Saturday 6 November and leave it out until it has been emptied.

Monday 8 November, Recycling Collections

If your blue bin, brown bin or green bin is due for collection on Monday 8 November, please put your bin out for collection as normal by 7am on Monday and leave it out until it has been emptied.

For all other collection days

Bins should be emptied as normal and residents are asked to put their bin out for collection by 7am on their usual day. The industrial action may mean that some residents’ bins are not emptied on their scheduled day. If your collection does not take place, please leave your bin out until it has been emptied.

All Household Waste Recycling Centres are unaffected and remain open from 9.30 am until 3.30 pm. Residents are advised to check site opening days before visiting.

For more information and service alerts about your recycling and waste collections, visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/waste or follow @Recycle4Shef on Twitter.

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