Birmingham to recycle material collection plans

By on 09/06/2011 in News

A major review of how unwanted material, clothing and textiles are collected for recycling within Birmingham has been launched after new figures revealed as much as 20,000 tonnes of fabric is currently going unrecycled each year within the city.

The review, which is being staged in consultation with recycling bank operators and charities, will consider a range of options for the future including a licensing scheme for third party collection banks, council managed on street banks and the introduction of council-run doorstep collections.

Currently there are roughly 130 'on street' recycling banks within the city, operated by six different organisations and collecting 1,300 tonnes of materials for reuse every year.

This is in addition to further recycling points based on private property such as supermarket or retail park car parks, and commercial doorstep collection services run by private companies and charities.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, said: “Clearly there is a huge opportunity here which is not yet been taken to dramatically increase the amount of fabric materials recycled within the city. Making better use of even a fraction of this material could bring significant financial and practical benefits to the Council, charities and those who ultimately received recycled clothing alike.”

Fabrics and materials currently account for between 4% and 6% of the 350,000 tonnes of waste contained within general non recyclable black bag collections each year.

Consultation with charities and operators will continue until the end of July, with any proposals for the future operating model for material recycling expected to be presented later this year.


For more information please contact Simon Houltby on 0121 303 3503

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