A number of recent media articles have suggested that online street view maps are the only informaton source used by the council to assess if properties are suitable for wheelie bins or not.
This is misleading – as all streets have been visited in person by city council officers. The following is a statement on this issue:
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “All Birmingham streets have been visited in person as part of the wheelie bin assessment process for more than 300,000 households.
“Online maps have been used by staff when they return to the office to help inform decision-making in borderline cases.
“We have an appeals process for anyone who thinks they have a valid reason to not have wheelie bins. The scheme, once rolled out, will help address the top priority of our citizens – cleaner streets.
“Anyone who lives in a property that is suitable for bins but has no-one within the dwelling who can handle bins can apply for an assisted collection – a service that is already offered as part of the old black sack scheme.”