I wanted to take this opportunity to advise you of some changes to the arrangements for the collection of waste and recycling over the Christmas/New Year period and specifically arrangements that we have put in place after 29 December. In previous years collections have taken place on New Year’s Day for those residents who would normally receive a collection on that day of the week.
This year there will not be a collection on New Year’s Day, this is consistent with the approach taken by other councils. New Year’s Day (1st Jan) as with Christmas Day (25th Dec) and Boxing Day (26thDec) will be a non-working days and anyone with collections scheduled for these dates will next have their bins picked up on and 2nd January for 26th December and January 8 for 25th December and 1st January.
Wards likely to be affected by these non-collection days include: Acock’s Green, Allens Cross, Alum Rock, Aston, Bartley Green, Bordesley & Highgate, Bordesley Green, Bournbrook & Selly Park, Bournville & Cotteridge, Brandwood & Kings Heath, Bromford & Hodge Hill, Castle Vale, Edgbaston, Erdington, Frankley Great Park, Garretts Green, Glebe Farm & Tile Cross, Harborne, Heartlands, Kings Norton North, Kings Norton South, Ladywood, Nechells, Northfield
Pype Hayes, Sheldon, Small Heath, South Yardley, Stirchley, Sutton Four Oaks, Sutton Mere Green, Sutton Reddicap, Sutton Roughley, Sutton Trinity, Sutton Vesey, Sutton Walmley & Minworth, Sutton Wylde Green, Tyseley & Hay Mills, Ward End, Weoley & Selly Oak, Yardley East and Yardley West & Stechford.
In the event of industrial action citizens will receive one collection of all waste types per week, rather than separate pick-ups for household rubbish and recycling on their current collection day.
The waste will be collected any time from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week, so residents are advised to put their bins out for the regular collection day but if they are not picked up for whatever reason, they should leave them out until a collection is made.
For residents wishing to continue to recycle, the city’s five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) offer an alternative option for citizens to dispose of all types of waste including recycling. Before any visit, your residents are advised to check opening hours and view the queues at their local HRC by clicking here.
My immediate priority is to minimise any disruption to the people who live in Birmingham and whilst we have a contingency, there will need to be alterations to the way we process waste that is collected.
I know this will be of concern to residents who are keen to recycle as much of their waste as possible, but our top priority for now has to be clean streets for Birmingham.
I would continue to urge people to throw away as little waste as possible and in the event of any dispute I look forward to its the swift resolution and if there is any disruption, I would like to apologise in advance and assure you that we will get to the bins as soon as we can.
Thank you for your understanding.
Councillor Majid Mahmood
Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Waste and Recycling
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