Wheeled bins initiative for Bournbrook

A project to improve the cleanliness of an area of Birmingham where many students live has been launched.

The initiative, led by Birmingham City Council and the University of Birmingham will see 1,200 properties in Bournbrook receive large wheeled bins for a three-month test period.

It will offer a bespoke collection system to meet the needs of an area renowned for being home to a high concentration of student homes – technically known as “houses in multiple occupation”.

The initiative is not part of the programme currently being drawn up by the council after it won almost £30million from the Government as part of a scheme to protect weekly waste collections across the country.

However, it has the same aims – to provide a more effective collection system that keeps the city’s streets cleaner and greener for all to enjoy.

Cllr Karen McCarthy, Selly Oak District Chair, said: “For a long time we have faced issues about the disposal of refuse in Bournbrook, an area which is home for many university students.

“We’ve tried a range of measures in the past such as introducing recycling banks, fixed bins and communal waste containers and they have had varying degrees of success  – we now think it is time to give wheeled bins a try as they work in many other towns and cities that are home to large student populations.

“I am delighted by the positive approach that the university and its students have taken to work with us to run this initiative. The Neighbourhood Forum supports this trial and I hope that the new bins are a big success.”

A contribution of £46,000 has been made by the university to purchase the bins, due to be delivered to the households in Bournbrook, starting on January 31, with the first wheeled bin collection scheduled for February 6.

James Robertson, Vice President (Housing & Community) at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students comments: “The Guild has been campaigning for a long time to secure wheelie bins for student houses. This initiative is an exciting breakthrough which we hope will combat the issues surrounding refuse and waste in the area. We hope they’re here to stay.”

Pictures from today’s launch can be found on the Birminghamnewsroom Flickr feed.

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Notes to editors

1. The initiative will include some 1,200 households in Dawlish Road, Tiverton Road, Hubert Road, Teignmouth Road, Exeter Road, Dartmouth Road.

2. The plan for the new collection arrangements are as follows:
-    Each student property will receive a 360-litre wheeled bin for their “black bag” waste (holding the equivalent of approximately 4.5 black sacks), to be collected weekly
-    A new paper recycling box will be delivered to each property if required
-    Same day collection as currently in place
-    Collection will be from the point of storage
-    Smaller wheeled containers will be offered to non-student residents, with capacity for 240 or 180 litres of waste (equivalent to approximately 3 or 2.25 black sacks)
-    Replacement of communal bins for residual (black bag) waste with multi-material recycling banks

For more media information please contact Kris Kowalewski at Birmingham City Council on 0121 303 3621

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