ROTHERHAM council officials have received a rebuke from the Government for turning their backs on the chance to launch plastic recycling collections.
Environment Minister Therese Coffey (pictured) wrote to Rotherham Borough Council urging the authority to rethink its decision not to propose kerbside plastic pick-ups as part of a major waste collection shake-up.
The council’s bin collection consultation runs until today.
Keeping the current arrangements would leave Rotherham as the only borough on the UK mainland from April where plastic is not collected alongside paper, cans and glass.
The council is currently consulting on a revamp which it hopes will save £1 million a year, with small black bins for household waste and a bigger recycling bin, but has stopped short of including plastic in the list of materials to be collected.