Refuse and recycling update – 25 January

By on 25/01/2013 in News, Winter Alerts

All four depots have again sent out crews today, but conditions on some side roads continue to be challenging.

Black sack refuse collections have been maintained this week on the main roads and where access and pavement conditions have been safe to operate. Collection completions have varied across the different areas of the city, dependant on local conditions and terrain.

We will catch up with uncollected refuse as soon as possible and would ask citizens to place their refuse and recycling for collection at the edge of their property and not on the highway/pavement.

With an unfavourable weather forecast for later today and subsequent adverse conditions over the weekend, those roads and streets which have not been collected will be collected on their normal collection day next week.

Recycling collections not completed this week will also be prioritized for collection next week.

We do apologise for the inconvenience to the residents of Birmingham. These have been exceptional weather conditions, and the safety of both the public and the workforce is of course paramount. Please be assured we are working as hard as possible to minimise the disruption to the service.


The severe weather has left many of the minor or side roads full of snow and compacted ice, significantly inhibiting collection services. The council can only operate HGV vehicles where it is safe to do so.

The people best qualified to assess where a road is safe are the HGV drivers. The following matters have to be taken into consideration:

  • Is it possible to drive safely up or down the road?
  • The number and proximity of parked vehicles.
  • Is it safe to stop and start frequently, particularly on hills?
  • The impact upon other road users. (Can they stop safely when faced with a slow moving vehicle that stops regularly?)
  • The safety of the loaders. This includes working behind the vehicle in the face of other vehicle movements, and also carrying heavy sacks on slippery pavements.

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