Garden waste changes set to begin from May

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CHARGEABLE green bin collections are due to start from May, contractor Veolia has told Sheffield households.

The company has sent letters to households with green bins informing them final free collections will take place at the start of the month, when people choosing not to pay for the service can also have their green wheelie bin removed.

Under the fee-paying service, which costs £57.60 per year, green bins will be emptied every fortnight. Households in areas without green wheelie bins can pay £12 for 10 green sacks, which will be collected at no further cost.

But one Beighton resident said: “The letter from Veolia says the annual subscription is supposed to pay for green bin collections from April to December.

“Yet the first paid-for collection will not be until the end of May, so we are receiving a month less than what we are paying for. It’s not on.”

Charges for green collections were branded a ‘garden tax’ by opposition Lib Dems on Sheffield Council, but the ruling Labour group says there is not the money to continue free collections.