Birmingham to modernise fleet and waste service

Plans to modernise Birmingham’s fleet and waste management service, saving the tax payer over £7 million per year while further improving recycling services and retaining weekly waste collections, will be considered by Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet next Monday (26th March).

Focussing on using new technology, more locally tailored services and more efficient ways of working, the ‘Future Operating Model’ will see greater co-ordination between refuse/recycling services and street cleaning routes.

Key aspects of the new model include:

  •  No need for redundancies among BCC employees, plus more than 300 new jobs available as the service moves away from a reliance on agency and temporary staff
  •  A reduction in senior, middle management and administration posts, ensuring maximum resources can be deployed in front line delivery
  •  An end  to the ‘one size’ fits all approach to crewing rounds, allowing crew and vehicle sizes to be matched to actual loads in specific areas
  •  A review of specialist services such as clinical and bulky waste collections
  •  Greater use of mechanical street sweeping equipment and other technologies

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration, said: “This new operating model will provide the platform from which we can provide a modern, efficient and customer focussed service to more than one million residents within the city, designed around their local needs.

“By implementing the model we will not only be able to offer an improved recycling and street cleansing service, but crucially will be retaining weekly waste collections, something we know is hugely important to the majority of residents.”

To further promote increased use of recycling services the city council is also in the process of making a bid to a new fund set up by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to encourage retention of weekly waste collections and promoting recycling.

The bid comes in the wake of Mr Pickles citing Birmingham’s innovative pilot scheme with Nectar, which sees Nectar points awarded to people who take part in paper recycling within trial areas, as just the type of scheme he has set his fund up to support.

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For more information please contact Simon Houltby 0121 303 3503

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