The first brown bin collections will take place next week in North Sheffield

Everybody’s talking about the new brown bin and next week many households in the north of Sheffield will have their first collection of glass, cans and plastic bottles from their brown bin.

Residents in the north of Sheffield received their new brown bins during the summer period and the first collections under the new service will start on Monday 10 September.

As part of phase one of the changes, all households that received a new bin were also given a collection calendar showing details of when each bin should be put out for collection. Residents are reminded to check their collection calendar because next week, half of the households in the north of the city will have a brown bin collection, with the other half having their paper and card collected in their blue bin.

For those who have already received their bin and calendar, the old blue box is now obsolete and will no longer be used for recycling.  Residents can keep their blue box for storage, request that it is collected from their home or take it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling.  Further information on recycling options can be found at www.sheffield.gov.uk/bins.

Brown bins will also start being delivered to households in the south of the city from next week, with collections planned to start from 29th October.

Councillor Lewis Dagnall, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene at Sheffield City Council, said:

Launching our new recycling service for residents in North Sheffield next week will see the end of the cumbersome blue box, encourage greater recycling and achieve urgent efficiency savings.

Soon households across the rest of the city will receive their brown bin, and many flats and maisonettes will receive plastic recycling for the first time.

It is so important that everyone in Sheffield plays their part in helping to reduce, reuse, recycle or recover household waste to minimise our environmental impact.

However, I would also want to endorse recent calls by the Local Government Association for manufacturers to take greater responsibility and urgently stop supplying consumers with so much unrecyclable plastic.

Under the new service a bin will be emptied every week on the same day from each household. The four weekly pattern for collections will be black bin, blue bin, black bin, brown bin.

This means the black bin will still be emptied once every two weeks, and the blue and brown bin will be emptied once every four weeks.

Blue bins should now be used for card and paper and the new larger brown bins (which are the same size as the black bin) will be used for plastic bottles, cans and glass.

Excess paper and card can be flat-packed, tied up and left next to the blue bin on collection day, we just ask that it is no bigger than the size of your blue bin.

People can continue to take any extra recycling to local recycling sites across the city. Go to www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield to find your nearest site.

In commitment to improving waste services for those living in flats and maisonettes in Sheffield, the council is due to make changes to general waste and recycling.

The proposed changes, which will allow for a more tailored service, will be published online next week, in advance of an Independent Cabinet Member Decision.  Once agreed, all flats will be reviewed, and will have a recycling service in place before April 2019 for paper and card, and glass, cans and plastic bottles.

Sheffield’s non-recyclable household waste (black bin waste) is sent to the city’s Energy Recovery Facility, where it’s burnt to produce enough electricity for over 22,600 homes. It also supplies heat and hot water to more than 150 buildings including the Town Hall, Crucible Theatre and Weston Park Museum. Sheffield’s approach means that it sends less than 1% of its household waste to landfill, one of the lowest figures in the UK.

People can sign up for service updates about bin collections at www.bit.ly/sheffbins

More information about changes to recycling services is available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/bins.