Recycling improvements as bin rounds are halved

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SHEFFIELD Council is to carry out further investigations on how to improve the city’s kerbside recycling service as black bin collections are cut from weekly to fortnightly.

It follows concern that residents will struggle to fit all their rubbish into black bins if they are only emptied every two weeks, leading to a possible increase in fly-tipping - an issue highlighted by Star readers.

One posted on our website: “More black bin bags, rats, dumping. Wait until the dumping increases.”

Another said: “No one will die because of these measures, but I can see fly-tipping becoming more prevalent.”

But some readers in surrounding areas where fortnightly bin collections already operate said such problems have not materialised.

Sheffield Council deputy leader and cabinet member for finance, Coun Bryan Lodge, said: “We want to make improvements to the recycling service so households find it easier to use and are able to dispose of more of their waste that way as black bin collections are reduced.

“We are considering introducing a single wheelie bin for recycling in the medium term.”

The council said that while it considers the issue, it will not make any further expansion of the flexible collection scheme which allows 80,000 households to choose what recyclables to put into their blue bins and boxes.

The council’s ruling Labour group is proposing fortnightly black bin collections to save £2.44 million a year and axe free collection of garden waste to save a further £1.5 million.

The authority must make up to £57 million of spending cuts next year.

Waste management contractor Veolia has promised to ‘consult fully’ with its workforce over possible redundancies caused by reduced rounds.

A spokeswoman said: “We will consult fully with our workforce and the GMB union.”

Peter Davies, regional organiser for the GMB, which represents binmen, fears up to 40 staff could be made redundant.

He said members may consider industrial action if compulsory redundancies are announced.