Refuse collections update: Jan 7

By on 07/01/2011 in News

Efforts to clear the backlog of domestic waste in Birmingham, caused by ongoing industrial action plus increased volumes and severe weather problems over the festive period, continue to gather pace with 1,594 tonnes of refuse collected from the city streets yesterday.

This waste was collected by a combination of regular crews 'working to rule' on their usual Thursday rounds and 20 additional 'casual crews' who have been deployed to help clear the backlog.

Once the further outstanding waste from the bank holidays and festive period is caught up, the casual crews will remain in place working seven days a week, to deal with missed collections and other issues caused by the ongoing industrial action.

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. Russell says:

    “visitor numbers have more than doubled over the past week thanks to extended opening hours from 8am to 9pm everyday”

    Surely the visitor numbers at the HRC’s have increased simply because the recycling hasn’t been collected for weeks, and people were fed up with it sitting outside (or inside) their houses!

  2. tony ashton says:

    I LIVE IN EDGEHILL ROAD B31 3RU WE HAVE NOT HAD A COLLECTION FOR FOUR WEEKS OUR NORMAL DAY FOR COLLECTION IS FRIDAY,STILL NO SIGN OF COLLECTION THE STREET IS A TIP .

  3. We are seeing this country wide, vast piles of rubbish bags in the streets, side alleys. It will clear but it is going to take a lot of effort and co-ordination from waste management companies and local authorities. Both the weather and industrial action at the same time have caused this problem.

  4. elmerthud says:

    I live in Callowbrook Lane, Rubery and we have not had our rubbish collected since 9th December. I’m not sure how much the weather can be blamed as it only took a day or two out of the schedule – every other worker in Birmingham seemed to manage, or are council workers frightened of an inch of snow.

    • SimonH says:

      Hello

      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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