New black bin and recycling collection service information arriving through Sheffield's letter boxes from this week

Delivery of leaflets with the new bin day collection begin this week. Householders are being asked to look out for this essential information leaflet as part of getting ready for Alternate Week Collections.

From August 13, changes to the waste collection services means that many households will see a change to their bin collection day. Black bins for non-recyclable rubbish will be emptied on one week and the blue bins and blue boxes for recycling will be emptied the following week. Householders are urged to check their information leaflet for their new collection day. They are also asked to put out their black bin and recycling containers out by 7am on their new day of collection.

The changes to the waste collection service also mean that householders across the city will be able to choose to use their blue box or blue bin for paper and card and the other container for glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and cans - whichever suits them best. All this detail is explained in the leaflet being delivered from this week.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said: “It’s really important householders look out for the leaflet and check their bin collection day, because it may well change. We are introducing alternate week collection because the Government has drastically cut our budget last year and forced us to find £57 million of cuts.

Changing waste collections will contribute £2.4 million of these savings, and if we didn’t reduce the amount we spend on waste services then other services like schools or care for the elderly would have to make more cuts.

We understand that some people are concerned about the changes, however more than 50% of waste produced in Sheffield can be recycled using the services we provide and so most households should have no problem adapting to the changes. The rest of South Yorkshire already has alternate week collections, along with 60% of councils in England."

A Veolia Environmental Services' spokesperson said: "We anticipate that the move to alternate week collections will increase the volumes of waste that our customers are recycling. Invariably where other large cities have done this it has led to significant improvements in recycling rates.

We will be working closely with Sheffield City Council and our customers to help them manage their waste during this important change to the service. We have a team of support staff available to provide guidance and advice to help residents adapt to the change.”

Households who do not currently have a blue bin or a blue box, or that would like to request a second blue box should contact Veolia on 0114 273 4567 or by email: [email protected]

For more information about alternate week collections, visit www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield, call 0114 273 4567 or email [email protected]

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Contacts

Ashleigh Salmon
off. : 0203 567 3663
[email protected]
Kate Townrow
off. : 0203 567 3720
[email protected]
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