Sheffield residents urged to report litter after bins backlog

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RUBBISH and litter left strewn across Sheffield streets after the bins-backlog will be cleaned up, the council has pledged – if residents ring in to report it.

Plastic bottles, broken glass, soggy paper and even overspilled food is blighting residential areas after full bins toppled or were kicked over while waiting on pavements for collection.

The problem is ongoing while waste contractor Veolia continues working to clear a backlog of up to 60,000 collections after the snow last week – and has been compounded by high winds blowing bins over this week.

Sarah Brisco, of Cresswell Road, Darnall, said: “Black sacks are mounting by the day at the side of bins. Rubbish is blowing all over.”

Nazeem Din, of Greasbrough Road, Tinsley, agreed: “People have been using black bags for their extra waste and they have been torn open by cats or rats.

“Now we have waste of all kinds all over the street.”

On The Star’s Facebook fan page, reader Heather Hinshelwood added: “We are still waiting in S6 for our blue bins since last Thursday.

“It’s disgusting – rubbish has been blown everywhere.”

The Star understands bin crews will work over the weekend to catch up with collections.

And a council spokesman said residents should report spilled rubbish and litter on their streets, and it would be cleaned up.

He added: “Veolia have got to pick up any rubbish that falls as they collect a bin, but if there’s any other rubbish on the roads residents need to report that to the customer service centre of Streets Ahead and that will be picked up.”

Veolia said the outstanding collections were still a consequence of last week’s heavy snow and ice which ‘prevented safe access’ to roads. In addition there were safety concerns in sending 22-tonne bin lorries containing 10 tonnes of rubbish onto icy residential streets.

The contractor apologised for ongoing inconvenience and said extra crews and vehicles had been sent out. Residents are still being asked to leave their containers out until they are emptied – expected to be by the end of this week.

Call 0114 273 4567 to report litter to the customer service centre.