Excerpts taken from the Birmingham Mail
Wheelie bins will replace black bags for the vast majority of the 400,000 households in the city from next April following a successful bid to the Government’s £250 million weekly collection fund.
City bins chief councillor James McKay (Lab, Harborne) said: “I am thrilled that the Government has recognised the strength of our bid, and wants to work with us to bring transformational change to our waste collection services.
“We will shortly embark upon a period of public consultation over the details of the bid, to ensure we shape and introduce the best possible scheme for all citizens.”
The council is set to consult with residents over details of the scheme – including which streets or buildings may be exempt from wheelie bins – and preparing the ground for introduction starting in April next year.
But when the bid was first announced in the summer some residents voiced opposition – mainly saying their roads were not suitable. Former Labour councillor Andy Foster said that his road in Selly Oak is unsuitable. “Here it won’t work. Unless it’s stuck on the front looking ugly, in a Conservation Area, and with everyone seeing what everyone else is dumping,” he said.
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