The following is a statement on services offered at the Lifford Lane Household Recycling Centre (HRC):
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “The first decent weekend of weather this year inevitably saw an increase in visitor numbers to our Household Recycling Centres and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“As was the case in previous years, we are publicising on the council website peak times that we advise people to avoid, we now have webcams in place that enable people to view the queues when planning a visit and will be again introducing “green lanes” for visitors with just garden waste to help meet demand.
“The subscription-based garden waste service also remains an option for anyone wanting an easy way of having their cuttings and clippings picked up without the need for trips to the HRCs. A season’s subscription costs just £33 online.
“Longer-term, we also have plans in place to tighten residency checks so the HRCs are only used by Birmingham residents. This should help waiting times, stop commercial traders using our sites and ensure the best possible service for citizens.”
Notes to editors
In the case of Lifford Lane, the peak times we advise people to avoid (if at all possible) are: Mon-Fri 8am-9.30am, weekends and public holidays.
A dedicated “green lane” to help people with JUST garden waste to dispose of their cuttings more quickly is anticipated to be active at Lifford Lane by the Easter weekend.