Rubbish and recycling change concern in Sheffield

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CHANGES to Sheffield’s bin collections and the running of household waste recycling centres have attracted yet more criticism.

Opposition Lib Dem councillors called for an apology after hundreds of households were not given information about their new collection dates following the switch from weekly to fortnightly collections.

Some people missed their first new collection as a result.

The Lib Dem group also said there had been ‘confusion’ about whether overfilled bins or extra bags could be collected.

Meanwhile, the opposition councillors highlighted long queues at household waste recycling centres after reduced hours and a series of strikes.

Coun David Baker, Sheffield Liberal Democrat spokesman for waste and recycling, said: “This has been a disaster waiting to happen.

“Anyone could see that switching to fortnightly bin collections and cutting recycling services at the same time would end badly.

“It’s time the cabinet member responsible, Coun Jack Scott, took responsibility for the council’s incompetence.

“Despite spending £400,000 on communications, he couldn’t even pass on the most basic information – like which day your bin will be collected.

“What’s more, he has failed to meet workers at recycling centres, which has led to more strikes – hardly helping the situation.

“It is about time someone apologised to the people of Sheffield over this fiasco.”

Coun Scott replied: “The vast majority of collections have been completed on the scheduled day and where this has not been the case we have returned the next day.

“We are managing the transition to alternate week collections. In communicating the changes we got over 99 per cent right, but we got some wrong as well. Veolia have apologised in writing to those households and I have already publicly apologised.”