Old bins to create allotment water farm

By on 03/07/2013 in Cllr McKay, News

A group of green-fingered local residents are putting old dustbins to a good use by creating a ‘water farm’ on their allotment site in Kings Heath.

The plastic bins are no longer needed since the introduction of wheelie bins to almost 9,000 homes in Brandwood ward. Now they are set to find a new use collecting rainwater for cultivating fruit and veg.

Melstock Community Allotments, off Vicarage Road, have reached an agreement with Birmingham City Council, and yesterday (July 2) took delivery of more than 100 bins picked up during a collection for households on June 22.

“Since taking over the day-to-day running of the local allotments we have been looking at various ways to increase our self-sufficiency,” explains Chris Holder, chair of the Melstock plotholders committee. “By arranging the disused bins with a rainwater collection system we’ll be able to reduce our dependency on mains water even further.”

Other bins not used for the ‘water farm’ will be used to help with composting.

Cllr James McKay, Birmingham’s Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, said: “The switch to wheelie bins is part of our green agenda to encourage more people in Birmingham to re-use, reduce and recycle. Re-using bins for sustainable gardening is an excellent example of this.”

Other plans under consideration by Melstock Allotments include a science-themed community building, with solar power or a small wind turbine, which could be shared with a local school.

Story supplied by hyperlocal website B14 Kings Heath .net


Notes to editors

A picture from the bins handover, for media use, can be found on the Birminghamnewsroom Flickr feed

Audio interview with allotment plotholder Mik Barton, for media use, is below:

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  1. Cyril says:

    Can someone please confirm that the amount of assisted collections asked for by the residents of the two pilot schemes since the wheelie bins have been introduced has increased almost ten fold from 58 to to 497 in Brandwood and in Harborne from 40 to 339 ? This is taking up so much time and money that the council are writing to residents asking them if they actually do really need assisted collections ?This is only in the two wards even before it is rolled out across the city.Btw our once beautiful road since we got wheelie bins now resembles a rubbish tip.Thank you so much B’ham City Council.

    • geoffc says:

      Prior to the introduction of wheelie bins, records show that 58 households in Brandwood, and 40 households in Harborne were registered for an assisted collection service.
      For the wheelie bin pilots in Brandwood and Harborne, a total of 497 and 339 households respectively have now registered for an assisted collection service (including those that were previously registered).
      We always anticipated that assisted collections might rise under the wheelie bin system. The learning from the pilots will be monitored and evaluated going forward.
      It has always been the intention that those requesting support via the assisted collection scheme will periodically be asked if they still require the service.

  2. Cyril says:

    Take my word for it , from me and my neighbours recent experience of having the introduction of wheelie bins forced upon us in the pilot schemes, the very idea that this will result in a ‘ green and smart city ‘ is bordering on blatant misinformation……smart it ain’t ! Our road is now comparable to a rubbish dump.