Christmas waste collections – key points

By on 04/01/2013 in Rebuttals

An article published on the Daily Mail website makes a number of suggestions about Birmingham Christmas waste collection arrangements. We would like to clarify the following:

1. It is suggested that some households have not had refuse collections for “three weeks” – the reality is that the only days that staff did not work were Christmas Day and Boxing Day, as has been the regular practice for many years in the city.

The changes to collections over Christmas 2012 were widely publicised well in advance of the festive period. For those due their fortnightly recycling collections on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, there will have been a missed cycle, but the weekly black bag “residual waste” collections were back to normal after one week.

2. It is suggested in the article that some people say they have not had a collection since December 16 – household waste is collected on a Monday-Friday basis from the kerbside in Birmingham. December 16 was a Sunday.

3. A comment is attributed to an un-named person, stating they do not know of anyone else that has a three-week break at Christmas – the reality is that refuse collection staff only had two days off. These were Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

4. Reference is made to the Government wanting to ensure that cities maintain weekly collections of “black bag” waste. Birmingham does this and is committed to continuing this. The council recently won almost £30million from the Government’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme, which will see wheeled bins introduced to the city as part of this pledge – increasing recycling, and helping to stop the problems related split black bags in the process.

Anyone with an urgent need to dispose of waste before their next scheduled collection can visit any of the city’s five Household Recycling Centres.

In summary, we collect waste from 440,000 households every week, so it is inevitable there will be a small number of issues on a week-to-week basis across the whole year. We are committed to keeping Birmingham clean and green and would urge anyone who spots a problem to contact us so we can deal with any such issues as quickly as possible. This can be done by visiting: http://birmingham.gov.uk/recycling

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