Consultation has opened for residents in relation to the proposed changes to the bin collection service in Rotherham. Rotherham Council recently announced proposals about changing the way bins, waste and recycling are collected in the borough.

Tory austerity is cutting significant funding to the council, in the next two years Rotherham Council will need to find £42million worth of savings as a result of these budget cuts. This means savings will need to be found from services across the council and this includes the bins and waste collection service.

Rotherham Labour’s Councillor Emma Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety at Rotherham MBC, has said:

Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety at RMBC

As a result of Tory austerity, Rotherham Council will need to find £42m worth of savings in the next two years.

The proposed changes to waste collection in Rotherham would help find savings in the service though there are some positive steps in the proposals. Households should have a greater opportunity to recycle more items by replacing the current blue box and bag. Residents will also have the opportunity to have a year round green waste collection as well.

I would encourage as many residents as possible in Rotherham to take part in the consultation process and let us know what they think about the proposed changes.”

In these proposals, Rotherham Council is suggesting a number of changes to the bins and waste service. The current blue box and bag (used for recycling cans, glass and cardboard) would be replaced with the current green and black bins; this would therefore allow residents to store more of these recyclable items in a bigger bin and could promote more recycling in households as well. Households would then also receive a new bin to replace the existing black bin to be used for general waste. This new bin would be smaller than the current black bin though it is hoped that with a greater opportunity for recycling, households should only need a smaller bin for general waste. The green waste collection would also be expanded to cover the whole year rather than the current seven months though this new service would involve an annual yearly charge for residents that would like to have this service.

Recycling plastics is also a key concern for many people when looking at the waste collection service. The proposals do not include kerb side recycling of plastics but Rotherham Council already do recycle plastics across the borough. Most plastics that can be recycled from households general waste in the current black bin is extracted at the council’s BDR Waste Site in Manvers which then allows for these plastics to be recycled. This operation would continue under the proposed changes. Residents would also be able to continue taking plastics to the bring sites and Household Waste Recycling Centres situated across the borough, these sites are found at: Magilla, Common Road, North Anston; Carr Hill, Greasbrough; Warren Vale, Rawmarsh and Lidget Lane, Bramley.

The consultation process can be found on Rotherham Council’s website here. You can read more information on the proposed new bins and collection service here.

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