Rubbish in Sainsburys' car park, Northfield. By Marverine Cole

Birmingham City Council has released a statement from Bournville councillor Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation & Regeneration.

”The City Council is making every possible effort to minimise the impact of the ongoing industrial action on residents and catch up with the waste backlog caused by the ‘triple whammy’ of extreme weather, increased waste volumes and strike action over the festive period.

“To this end over the bank holiday weekend, despite the regular workforce not working, we still managed to collect more than 500 tonnes of black bag waste per day from the streets of the city using our casual workforce.

“With the weather now improved and bank holidays at an end, we expect to continue to make significant progress from this point forward.

“We are aware there are still issues in some areas and using our casual workforce, currently up to 23 crews strong, we hope to catch-up the existing backlog by the end of this week.

”In the meantime the majority of scheduled collections should still be carried out on the allotted day by the regular crews, operating on a ‘work to rule’ basis.

“Where this does not take place we will be retaining the casual workforce to catch-up with any gaps in the service as soon as they become apparent, which from next week with the backlog cleared, should be within a day or two.

“We would like to apologise to the citizens of Birmingham for the inconvenience this situation, which is not of the Council’s making, is causing them. As demonstrated through the casual crews, Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) opening from 8am to 9pm every day and additional skip collections from high rise and low rise flats, we are doing everything in our power to try and effectively deal with the situation.”

Our own rubbish is still here 18 days since last collection. Here’s hoping it’s gone by the end of the week!

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Read more:

Anger as Bins Go Uncollected (BRMB)

Birmingham resident’s concern over refuse collections (BBC)

Further Strikes in Refuse Dispute (BBC)

Birmingham in Rubbish Row (Channel4 News)

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