Sheffield Household Waste Recycling Centres to Remain Open Seven Days a Week
Throughout the pandemic Sheffield’s recycling centres have remained open, and weekly kerbside waste collection has been maintained.
This is in contrast with other local authorities in the country who closed recycling sites and provided a reduced kerbside waste collection service.
As we move into the winter months it is usual for changes to the city’s waste management to be implemented. In normal times, most sites would close for a day or two a week, and see the opening hours limited to 10-4.
However, Sheffield City Council has announced that this year all sites will remain open seven days a week, and will stay open till five o’clock. This will continue until at least November and will be reviewed every two weeks.
Labour Councillor Mark Jones, Cabinet Member for Environment, Streetscene and Climate Change
“Throughout the crisis the Council has had to adapt all services and act quickly to protect citizens. Managing the city’s waste in such conditions has been difficult but early in the pandemic we took the decision to keep our Household Waste Recycling Centres open.
“This has helped to facilitate the safe and responsible disposal of waste, and has helped to reduce waste accumulation across the city so that kerbside waste collections could continue, should these services be significantly disrupted due to workforce issues.
“In normal times, the majority of Recycling Centres would not be open every day of the week, but we have taken the decision to keep them open – all week – and keep them open for longer than they normally would be. Things remain just as difficult for the city as it was in the summer months, and this is why we have taken this decision.
“There will be costs associated, however we will continue to monitor demand and review operations. We do not spend public money lightly, but keeping the public highways safe whilst ensuring that Sheffield’s residents can dispose of waste safely and responsibly is of crucial. We will continue to be proactive and flexible in our response to waste management during the Covid pandemic”
Cllr Chris Rosling-Josephs (Labour councillor for Beighton)
“I know that residents value their local Household Recycling Centres and they’re well used. With more and more people now being told to work from home household waste is likely to build-up, and having Beighton’s recycling centre open seven days a week will be a big help.
“Traffic management around the sites is important, and the council has responded accordingly whilst also implementing social distancing measures at the sites to keep people safe”
“I want to reassure residents that even though things are tough, your local councillors are on your side and we remain committed to ensuring a high-quality waste management service, including weekly collections”