Refuse collection update: Jan 10

By on 10/01/2011 in News

As efforts continue to return refuse collection services to normal as quickly as possible, Birmingham City Council has asked residents to help by only putting out fresh waste on their scheduled collection day.

This comes after 282,000 black bags of rubbish were collected across the city over the weekend by a fleet of casual collection crews recruited to help deal with the ongoing situation.

Stats (Jan 8/9)

  • Over 200 members of staff
  • 70 vehicles
  • 1,410 tonnes collected
  • 282,000 black bags

The ongoing clean-up operation means the vast majority of the backlog has now been collected, with casual crews continuing to deal with isolated cases where a backlog remains.

Almost 70 crews were out in force across the city today to:

  • Complete scheduled collections
  • Continue mopping up the rapidly diminishing backlog

Significant amounts of extra waste have also been deposited at the city's five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs), where visitor numbers have more than doubled over the past week thanks to extended opening hours from 8am to 9pm everyday.

For the fortnight beginning 20th December 2010, 1309 tonnes of waste was deposited at the city's HRCs - this compares to 1,054 tonnes in 2009-10 - an increase of 24%.

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  1. Hill says:

    Vast majority?

    It’s over two weeks since a black bag collection on my street (Quinton, B32) and over 5 weeks since a recycling collection.

    Something tells me the ‘vast majority’ only applies to more tourist friendly areas of the city like the city centre and Bournville, the further out from these areas you get the larger the piles of rubbish

    • SimonH says:

      Thanks for you e-mail – we will feed this into our database of uncollected waste which is being used to help direct regular and casual crews being used to catch-up today and over the weekend.

      As you may be aware the industrial action has now been suspended, which means in addition to the catch ups, from Thursday 13th January all scheduled collections should return to taking place on their allotted days.

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