Bins shake-up sees collection days change for most Sheffield residents
Date: 07/08/2012. Story submitted by: Kevin Meagher
Submitted by: Kevin Meagher
Four out of five homes in Sheffield are set to have their bins collected on a different day than they are used to as part of the move to fortnightly bin collections.
Sheffield City Council has confirmed that the switch to fortnightly bin collections, set to begin next Monday (Aug 13), will see widespread changes to collection patterns.
Black bins will only be collected fortnightly while blue recycling bins and boxes will be collected on alternate weeks.
A Sheffield Council spokesperson said: “Sixty-five per cent of properties will see a change in the day their black bin is collected, and 68 per cent will see their blue bin day change.
“Taken together 80 per cent will have a change in day.”
The council says the reason for the disruption to collection days is because of new working practices.
A spokesman confirmed: “It's a big change for a lot of people because we're moving to zonal working, which means the bin lorries/collectors will work in a given area, as opposed to what happens now, which is working different routes on the same day in different places in the city.
“It's going to be more efficient to work in one area at once. For example, if a vehicle breaks down it will be easier for another one crew with a vehicle working in the same area to go and collect those bins.
"So, although it's certainly a big change for people, it should be beneficial in the long run.”
As part of the council’s plan to manage the transition to fortnightly collections, residents' black bins will this week be fitted with a tag to remind them about the change.
Also, an information leaflet which includes a collection calendar will be posted to residents across the city this week.
Anyone who does not receive the leaflet and is unclear when their bins are due to be collected is urged to ring the council’s contractor, Veolia, on 0114 273 4567.
The switch to fortnightly collections is expected to save the council £2.4 million as it wrestles with how to make £57 million worth of cuts this year.
For large households or where a resident has a medical condition which generates a lot of waste, there is the option of applying for an additional or larger black bin.
Address: Pinstone Street Sheffield South Yorkshire S1 2HH
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