Cabinet member James MacKay has kindly sent us the following information for unfortunate residents whose usual rubbish is collected on a Wednesday or Thursday.Undoubted this means that the more densely populated areas( with little storage for waste) will be an eyesore over the two week festive period.
Surely other arrangements could have been made to collect extra on the days prior – according to Councillor Leddy, bin men only have two days off per year.
So..the following arrangements have been made for waste and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year Holidays:
There will be no collections on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25th and 26th December). Scheduled collections will take place as normal on New Year’s Day (1st January).
Residents who are scheduled to have collections on Christmas Day and Boxing Day will have collections as below:
|Scheduled Collection Date||Next residual waste collection||Next recycling collection|
|Tuesday 25th December||Tuesday 1st January||Tuesday 8th January|
|Wednesday 26th December||Wednesday 2nd January||Wednesday 9th January|
There will be appropriate notices on the BCC website and the local press to inform residents of the arrangements.
I recognise that this means that some residents will not have a scheduled recycling collection for 4 weeks, although limited ‘scavenger’ collections will operate to try and ensure that recycling that is placed out in error is collected as far as possible, and as resources allow. The main priority, however, will be dealing with the enormous increase in residual waste that occurs over the Christmas period.
The City’s 5 Household Recycling Centres will be open as usual each day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day for residents who have large quantities of waste or recycling that they wish to dispose of outside of the scheduled collections; and there is a also a wide variety of recycling banks around the City.
The terms and conditions for the refuse collection workforce following the introduction of the Birmingham Contract, the associated equal pay challenges and the need to make significant financial savings have meant that it has become increasingly difficult to provide additional services over this period. Whilst I do understand that some residents will be inconvenienced, unfortunately, we can no longer sustain the arrangements made in previous years.