Ready for bin switch? End of weekly collections in Sheffield

Struggle: Derek Smith left and neighbour Derek Hackett are concerned about fortnigjhtly bin collections.
Struggle: Derek Smith left and neighbour Derek Hackett are concerned about fortnigjhtly bin collections.
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FAMILIES will be allowed to put extra bags of waste out with wheelie bins to ease the pain of the switch to fortnightly collections.

The city’s weekly bin collections will end on August 13 - leaving many families fearing they will struggle to dispose of their rubbish.

Now the council has confirmed households will be able to leave up to two bags alongside their bins for the first two fortnightly collections in an attempt to appease residents opposed to the change.

Homes are also being leafleted with details of how to apply for a larger bin - but they must first fill in a questionnaire answering a number of questions, including how they are recycling.

There is still concern from many residents the concession will merely delay the problem and that households who need a larger bin will not have space to keep it outside their homes.

Derek Smith, chairman of Arbourthorne Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “I don’t think that allowing us to put extra bags out for the first two collections will make a lot of difference.

“I think most families will be able to cope with the change but big families and parents with a lot of children will still struggle.

“Also, urban foxes may break the bags open and cause a mess.”

Fellow Arbourthorne resident and retired publican Derek Hackett, aged 78, added: “There are quite a few big families on the estate. How can you get used to the change if you are a family of eight it will be impossible.”

Mick Daniels, of Brushes Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, Firth Park, added: “I don’t think the concessions go far enough to help people.”

One of those likely to struggle under the new arrangements is busy mum Maz Raj, of Greenhill, who has three children aged two, one and 18 weeks.

She said: “Allowing extra bags will not solve the problem. My children produce 240 nappies a week - where are they going to go? I moved to Sheffield from an area of Surrey where they have an ideal solution to help families - families are able to request a separate nappy bin, which is emptied weekly.

“Why isn’t Sheffield considering the idea?”

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member responsible for waste, said Sheffield was the only council in South Yorkshire and surrounding areas which still has weekly collections and that the fortnightly service in other areas has operated well.

He said: “We believe that with the level of recycling services that we provide in Sheffield people will be able to adapt to alternate week collections. To try to help people to make this adjustment we will be allowing them to leave up to two refuse bags out with their bins for the first month of the new system.

“Because of the Government’s huge cuts to the council we are having to move to make this change, which will save £2.4 million a year, but we believe this will operate successfully in Sheffield as happens in all the other areas in South Yorkshire and most councils across the country.

“We are determined to make sure this operates successfully as in other authorities. However, we hope that this temporary measure will help people to adjust to the change.”