Birmingham City Council are advising residents to leave their bins out for collection even if it’s not collected as the back log of missed collections begins to increase.
In December hundreds of Unite Union members at the councils waste refuse service were balloted for industrial action which began on 29th December 2018 amid accusations of blacklisting over payments made to refuse workers who did not support 2017’s bin dispute.
The council has now drafted in teams of contractors to clear the back log as council officers push ahead with ‘contingency plans’.
The contingency plans mean there will be one collection of all waste types per week, rather than separate pick-ups for household rubbish and recycling. Residents who would still like to continue to recycle are being advised to use one of the city’s five Household Recycling Centres to dispose of all waste types and recycling, but expect large queues.
Talking about the contingency plans Cllr Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Waste and Recycling, said: “Our immediate priority is to minimise the disruption to the people who live in Birmingham.
“We have a contingency, but there will 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 has to be that of citizens – clean streets for Birmingham.
“We thank those who are committed to throwing away as little waste as possible and look forward to swiftly resolving this dispute so they can resume their recycling – and if there is any disruption, I would like to apologise in advance and assure you that we will get to your bins as soon as we can.
“Both the council and Unite want to end this dispute as quickly as possible and continue to deliver the first-class refuse service the citizens of Birmingham deserve.”