Sheffield residents haven’t wasted any time in having their say on potential changes to their waste and recycling services.

More than 1,500 people have responded to Sheffield City Council’s waste and recycling consultation – and households are reminded that Thursday 15 September is the cut-off date to register their views.

Despite saving more than £6 million from the annual waste services budget in the past three years, the council needs to save a further £3.4million by 2017.

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Its plan is to increase the amount of recycling across the city and provide a more efficient service, without changing the collection frequency of black bins.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are pleased that so many Sheffielders have had their say on this important survey.

“We know that changes to bin services in Sheffield are of huge importance to the city’s residents and so would urge them to fill in the survey as soon as possible.”

Residents are being asked for their views on increasing the variety of plastics collected for recycling, such as yogurt pots and margarine tubs; introducing a second recycling bin in place of blue boxes and 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.

People will be asked if a charge should be brought in for some households to replace lost or damaged bins and to provide bins to new properties.

They will also be asked if collections should be made earlier and later in the day from 6am in the morning and up to 9pm at night.

People in flats will be asked if the amount of capacity they are allocated for waste and recycling should be based on the number of occupants.

Last year, Sheffield recycled 32 per cent of household waste and sent less than one per cent of waste to landfill, making it one of the best performing authorities in the UK for landfill diversion.

Click here to take part in the Sheffield consultation.

Alternatively, residents can request a paper copy of the consultation by contacting Waste Management on 0114 2037621 or by email: wastestrategy@sheffield.gov.uk.

Following consultation, the feedback received will be considered and any changes will be submitted for Cabinet approval later in the year.