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Decision details

Waste Collection Charges

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report sets out the proposed increase in waste collection charges (where the Council may make a charge for waste collection/commercial collections) from April 2019.  This includes services provided, on request, to charities, non-domestic/non commercial premises and commercial establishments in Sheffield.  The report recommends an increase in charges by 4.0% (and rounded to the nearest pound) to reflect the increased cost to the Council in delivering these services.  The report also recommends that future annual price increases (to apply from April each year) will be directly linked to that year’s January Retail Price Index (RPIX) figure.


That the Cabinet Member approves the revised charges set out at:


           Table 1, paragraph 4.2.5 (the cost of collection only);

           Table 2, paragraph 4.2.9 (the cost of a new or replacement waste bin); and

           Table 3, paragraph 4.2.12 (the cost of commercial waste services)

Reasons for the decision:

1.    The Council is in an integrated waste management contract for the provision of waste services.  This means Veolia provides the services described in this report on behalf of the Council.  The prices paid by the Council to Veolia are subject to an annual inflationary uplift from April each year, based on the January RPIX inflator and this is why this measure will be used to increase our prices each year. 


2.    The increase in the price of a new or replacement general waste containers will allow the Waste Management service to continue to contribute to supporting the Council in meeting its required budget savings for its 2019/20.


3.    The proposal to set any future price increases to apply from April each year, directly to that years January’s Retail Price Index (RPIX) figure, rounded to the nearest £1, will allow for a simple and transparent charging structure.

Alternative options considered:

1.    The Council could continue to charge at the same rate and absorb the difference between the incomes received and cost of the services. However, reductions in other services would be necessary to ensure the Council can balance its budget. 


2.    Customers have the choice to use another waste collection service.

Publication date: 08/03/2019

Date of decision: 08/03/2019

Effective from: 15/03/2019

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