Recycling changes ‘could save Sheffield millions’

STOCK: Recycling.
STOCK: Recycling.

Sheffield Council is planning big changes to the way people get rid of their rubbish in an attempt to save millions of pounds.

The authority wants to increase the amount of recycling across the city – but has ruled out changing black bin collections.

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Last year Sheffield recycled 32 per cent of household waste, but the council hopes to increase that figure and save £3.4 million from the annual waste services budget by 2017.

A consultation has been launched and people are being asked their views on a range of ideas, including extra recycling bins at homes, different collection days and times and charging for replacement bins.

The council’s cabinet member for environment Bryan Lodge said: “I would urge people to have their say so we can continue to prove that Sheffield is committed to being a green city.”

People in Sheffield city centre yesterday said they would be happy to recycle more if given the option, but called for better education on what could and couldn’t be put in blue bins.

Cynth Marshall, 65, from Manor Top said: “I think more could be done on what plastics we can recycle, because at the moment you are a bit restricted.”

Among the options being considered by the council are:

- Increasing the variety of plastics collected for recycling

- Introducing a second recycling bin in place of blue boxes

- Changing recycling collection days

- Charging some households to replace lost or damaged bins and to provide bins to new properties

- Making collections earlier and later in the day, from 6am up to 9pm

- Basing the amount of waste and recycling collected from flats on the number of occupants

Last year, Sheffield recycled 32 per cent of household waste and sent less than one per cent to landfill, making it one of the best-performing areas in the UK.

Coun Lodge added: “I would urge people to have their say so we can continue to prove that Sheffield is committed to being a green city.”

The council is also working with Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham to develop a South Yorkshire Waste Strategy.

Separate consultations are being held for people in houses and flats.

Changes will be submitted for cabinet approval in the autumn.

The consultation follows a similar exercise undertaken last year aimed at saving the same sum, £3.4 million.

Visit sheffield.citizenspace.com by September 15, request a paper copy by calling 0114 2037621 or contact wastemanagement@sheffield.gov.uk via email.