Sheffield bins to be cleared today - as council ‘review’ continues

Bins on Ratcliffe Road, Sheffield which have not been collected due to the snowy coniditions. Picture: Andrew Roe
Bins on Ratcliffe Road, Sheffield which have not been collected due to the snowy coniditions. Picture: Andrew Roe

A bin backlog caused by snow in Sheffield is due to be cleared today - as under-fire Sheffield council continues to ‘review’ its service.

Council contractor Veolia said final outstanding collections of blue recycling bins and boxes should be finished by the end of today.

Overflowing bins have been standing on some streets for days, packed with extra waste from Christmas, and additional staff worked the weekend to catch up.

One dad-of-four, from Charnock, said all his bins were still full and residents had been forced to clear the rubbish up themselves after high winds on Friday blew litter across the street.

He said: “We were told they would all be collected by Sunday and are still waiting - I think they are taking the biscuit.

“With the wind there was broken glass and rubbish everywhere, it is disgusting.

“We have four kids in the house so we have a lot of rubbish anyway and it isn’t been collected - what do we pay our council tax for?”

The city council has said it is continuing to ‘review’ its winter maintenance service.

Controversial cuts to road gritting, agreed to save £100,000 a year, on priority two routes were quickly reversed after icy roads caused dozens of smashes earlier in December.

However the removal or relocation of grit bins as part of the same series of cuts also caused problems last week, as residents tried to move their cars or clear their streets of snow and hard ice but did not have the tools to do so.

Community leaders have also voiced fears that winter maintenance teams will not be able to cope if such conditions strike again.

Mick Daniels, chairman of Brushes tenants’ and residents’ association, said: “The response has been non existent - a lot of people could not get off the estate for days.

“We delivered 150 parcels to over-60s before Christmas and I am glad we got them out.

“I imagine some people were living off little more than tins of soup because they could not get out to the shops during the worst of it.

“One of the council’s excuses was that Sheffield is ‘hilly’ so it is harder to clear the snow. Those hills haven’t just been put there.”

Pensioner Nancy Grayson, chairwoman of Fulwood TARA, said she had been indundated with calls from elderly people complaining about the council’s response.

She added: “Thankfully the snow didn’t hang around but I’m very concerned if it happens again and it lingers.”

Coun Jayne Dunn, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, recycling and Streetscene, said: “Following the snow and freezing temperatures the winter team are in the process of looking at the service and how the city coped.

“This review is something we undertake after each major event and is designed to see if any improvements can be made.

“We are currently in the middle of the review and once this has been fully completed we will then decide if any further changes need to be made to the delivery of the winter service.”