Sheffield refuse changes are hit by ‘teething problems’

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A HANDFUL of ‘teething problems’ were evident in an otherwise successful launch of fortnightly bin collections in Sheffield, according to council bosses.

Sheffield Council said a small number of householders had forgotten the new collection dates or misplaced leaflets informing them of when to put their bins out as new arrangements began.

City residents have voiced concerns over the potential increase in fly-tipping and extra bin bags being left in the street as a result of the move, which will see waste contractor Veolia collect refuse fortnightly rather than weekly.

Peter Davies, senior organiser for union GMB in Sheffield, said: “It is too early to tell what will happen. I have a meeting with workers on Thursday where I’ll be discussing the launch but at the moment they’re just trying to get their heads around the new routes.

“I think we will see the real impact this has next week or the week after. That’s when there will be more waste and the bags will start getting heavier.”

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “With a change of this size involving 250,000 households there are going to be some issues but on the whole the first day has gone quite well. There are one or two cases where people might have forgotten or may have lost their leaflet but we are taking a common sense approach to dealing with those. We knew there would be teething problems.”

Members of the public can call Veolia on 0114 273 4567 or visit for collection dates.

■ Clarification: The image of fly-tipping used on page two of yesterday’s Star was an archive image and not of a current incident of dumping.