Changes to blue bins on hold

CHANGES to recycling that allow residents to choose which of the blue bins and boxes to use have been put on hold for half of Sheffield because no agreement has been reached over the financial implications.

The choice will continue in areas where it has already been introduced, in the north, such as Chapeltown, Oughtibridge, Parson Cross and Stocksbridge, and in the south, including Beighton, Handsworth, Heeley and Halfway.

But tens of thousands of households in the area between, stretching from Shiregreen and Shirecliffe through the city centre to Gleadless Valley and Totley, where the new arrangements were due to begin in September, must now wait.

Sheffield City Council said an agreement has not yet been made with operators Veolia over the final costs – and no money has yet been allocated.

The whole question of waste collection and recycling in Sheffield will be addressed by a cross-party working group, including whether wheelie bins should be collected every week or every fortnight, looking at the costs and the impact on recycling rates.

The brief of the working group is to assess how the council “can best provide an effective and sustainable waste management service based on people’s needs and expectations, whilst achieving value for money for local taxpayers”.