Red light for city’s green bins roll-out

PLANS to roll out the collection of garden waste across Sheffield are being put on hold as part of council cutbacks.

A pilot scheme to collect items such as grass and hedge clippings, leaves and flowers from the kerbside was launched in the south east of the city with the delivery of 45,000 green bins.

Now it has been hit in the drive to save £80m over the next year.

The council is sticking with a weekly wheelie bins service and blue bins and boxes for recycling. “We know that Sheffield people have waited a long time for a better recycling service and we intend to protect our investment in the new blue boxes and bins service,” says director of finance Eugene Walker.

“We cannot fully protect the waste management budget, though, and we have therefore decided to postpone the roll-out of the enhanced green waste collection service that we had hoped to start in April.”

Another victim of the financial squeeze is the ending of the free collection and fridges and freezers and the subsidy for collecting bulky waste. ‘Bring Out Your Rubbish’ days with community skips are being dropped.

Hours at Sheffield’s recycling centres are being reduced, although they will not be closed at the same time and they will be open at peak times such as at weekends and bank holidays.

While wheelie bins will be emptied once a week, Saturday collections are now being planned, which the council says will save money because fewer vehicles will be used.