You may not be aware of this (not many people are), but at the moment the council’s scrutiny committee is reviewing the waste system in Birmingham.
Birmingham currently asks its residents to put black bags full of rubbish, including food waste, out on the streets every week with recycling in open boxes collected every 2 weeks.
On most streets around the city, this means that by the time the lorries arrive to collect the stuff we put out, bags have been ripped open by rats, birds, foxes or cats and on windy days (like recently) the recycling is blowing all over the street.
In many other cities there is a better system where food waste is collected separately in sealed bins meaning vermin cannot get to it. Then it is taken and composted or put into a machine called an anaerobic digester that turns it into gas to be used in the grid or for generating electricity.
The prices of resources such as paper, cardboard, metals, plastics and all kins of fabrics is going up all the time, but at the moment we are sending tonnes of these to an incinerator where they are burnt and fill the sky with harmful gases.
Councillors this week have received information about the waste review and have the opportunity to put their views into it. If you contact your local councillor and let them know that you feel strongly that you want a change to how rubbish is collected in Birmingham, now is the time to do it.
The council is not great at consultation – have you ever been asked what you think would be the best way to collect your rubbish? Why don’t you take the initiative and tell your councillor what would work best on your street? If you don’t we may just carry on with the same dirty inefficient system.