From today (Friday 14th July), Birmingham City Council refuse collectors will strike for 2 hours EVERY week day, increasing the pressure on council bosses to reach a resolution with the Unite union.
We understand that crews are currently running between 2 to 4 days behind on scheduled collections (varies depending on crew) with thousands of homes missing collections daily. This delay looks set to increase as industrial action continues.
A source within the service tells us that talks between council & union representatives are set to continue on Monday.
For now, keep reporting your missed collections online and leave your bins out.
As crews are now clearing backlog before doing scheduled collections, rubbish that’s built up over recent weeks should get cleared – as long as it meets collection guidelines.
If rubbish includes extra bags, it’s uncertain whether collectors are obliged to take it. Readers report mixed reactions to extra bags with some crews taking them and some not.
If amassed rubbish has built up and collectors have refused to take it, consider asking your local councillor for help. Enter your postcode on the main Birmingham City Council website for contact details – please bare in mind they will be receiving a lot of requests for help at the moment!