Latest updates on refuse collections in Birmingham *UPDATED 11/01/11*

This has been sent to us from Birmingham City Council.

Latest updates on refuse collections in Birmingham:

A video update is available here:

More updates when we have them.

UPDATE 4pm

Refuse collection update: Jan 10

As efforts continue to return refuse collection services to normal as quickly as possible, Birmingham City Council has asked residents to help by only putting out fresh waste on their scheduled collection day.

This comes after 282,000 black bags of rubbish were collected across the city over the weekend by a fleet of casual collection crews recruited to help deal with the ongoing situation.

Stats (Jan 8/9)
Over 200 members of staff
70 vehicles
1,410 tonnes collected
282,000 black bags

The ongoing clean-up operation means the vast majority of the backlog has now been collected, with casual crews continuing to deal with isolated cases where a backlog remains.

Almost 70 crews were out in force across the city today to:

a) Complete scheduled collections
b) Continue mopping up the rapidly diminishing backlog

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%.

Further information is available here:

UPDATE 11/01/11

Refuse collection photographs are available for download at: flickr

Refuse collection update: Jan 11

Over one million black bags have been collected from the streets of Birmingham in the last six days as efforts continue to return refuse collection services to normal as quickly as possible.

In total around 1,108,800 bags have been collected since January 5, weighing in at 5,544 tonnes.

This waste was collected by a combination of regular crews ‘working to rule’ on weekdays and additional ‘casual crews’ who are currently being deployed seven-days-a-week to help clear the backlog.

Yesterday (Jan 10) 1,158 tonnes of black bags were collected – representing around 231,600 black bags cleared from the city’s streets.

Click on the following link for the news release in full.

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