Refuse collection update – Dec 24

By on 24/12/2010 in News

As previously announced in light of ongoing industrial action, Birmingham City Council intends to offer a limited refuse collection service on the upcoming Bank Holidays (December 27-28).

The council's existing workforce was offered the opportunity to work on these two days but has regrettably declined to do so due to the current industrial action in working to rule.

Contingencies drawn up as a result of the action means that a shadow workforce, the recruitment of which began at the beginning of this month following notification of the proposed industrial action from the unions, will be working on the two days to ensure the council meets its statutory obligations to the citizens of Birmingham as far as is possible.

These casual employees receive pay within the same band as regular city council Fleet and Waste Management staff members doing the same roles, and they have all been fully trained for the tasks required of them.

Members of Fleet and Waste management and supervision staff will be on hand to support the casual workers operating during this period, and the council will endeavour to collect any missed collections as soon as possible.

The combination of the recent inclement weather, industrial action and the significant annual increase in refuse generated over the Christmas period will be very challenging and we would request that the public assist where possible in reducing the impact.

Anyone whose refuse is not collected should leave their black bags at the edge of their property so it can be picked up when circumstances allow. There is also the option of visiting one of our five Household Recycling Centres where wasted can be disposed of, or using the on-street recycling banks for paper and glass.

The five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) are operating extended hours and will be open from 8am to 9pm, seven days a week (except Christmas day and Boxing Day).

CONTINGENCY PLAN DETAILS – INCLUDING LOCATION DETAILS FOR HRCs

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