Wednesday 11 March 2015
Following approval of the 2015/16 budget last Friday, 6 March, people in Sheffield are now being asked to give their views on proposals for making savings to the city’s waste management services.
Moving quickly after next year’s budget was agreed, Sheffield City Council is now asking for comments from residents on the options it has identified to save £3.4m from waste services by 2017, which include changes to black bin and recycling collections and charging for replacement containers.
The consultation on these proposals opens today (Wednesday, 11 March) and as many people as possible are being asked to give their views. The changes could potentially affect every household in the city.
Councillor Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We as an authority have just agreed spending cuts of a huge £63m in the coming financial year, due in no small part to the amount of funding we receive in our main Government grant being slashed by 50 per cent since 2010.
“Part of our budget savings involve coming up with proposals for our waste service that increase efficiency where possible, while still providing a good service for everyone in the city.
“We welcome people’s views and will act upon them so that we do what is best for Sheffield in terms of waste management and recycling. I would urge as many people as possible to get involved with this consultation, so that when we make our final decisions we have an accurate a picture as possible of the views of communities across our city.”
The proposals include ending extra Christmas waste collections from 2016 onwards, aside from when households would have to wait longer than two weeks between collections due to bank holidays.
Suggestions also include asking customers – apart from those on the assisted service, who would be exempt – to bring their black bins to the roadside, including in rural areas. Where properties have limited space to store bins the option to have shared bins is also up for discussion.
Other proposals being put forward include changing recycling collection days so that blue bin and box collection days for individual households may not be the same days as black bin days.
There are also proposals to charge for replacement black bins, if households ask for more than one such bin in any given year. Low income households would qualify for free replacement containers.
To take part in the consultation, residents can visit the Sheffield City Council website at www.sheffield.gov.uk/waste and give their views using the form on this page.
Anyone who has any questions about the proposals or the consultation can call 0114 2037621 or email Wastemanagment@Sheffield.gov.uk
The consultation opens today and runs until Wednesday, 1 April.