On my regular street walk about's in Oscott I am still getting the odd question about Wheelie bins.
Frankly in some cases residents are still unhappy with the idea although most accept that they are coming and may not be as bad as they fear and in some cases have been told.
With this in mind I have listed a few questions and answers about them
WHY ARE THEY BEING INTRODUCEDWhilst the Council appreciate the view that the current black sack system works perfectly well, independent research has shown that where a wheelie bin system has been introduced, recycling rates have increased. The Government have also indicated by the funding it has given to the Council for Wheelie bins that they wish to see wheelie bins introduced.
Birmingham needs to reduce the amount of waste that we produce and to reuse and recycle more. Furthermore the current system causes litter due to bags being ripped open by rodents, other animals and birds with the contents strewn about the street. Birmingham is also one of the last councils to introduce Wheelie bins.
WHEN WILL THEY APPEAR IN OSCOTT
February – June 2015
In the Perry Barr District: the Oscott Ward residents will be given Wheelie bins in the early spring and collections from these bins will emptied from June.
WHO WILL NOT HAVE ONE
The Council appreciate that not all properties are suitable for a wheelie bin collection service. Following the models from other councils, these include some properties that:
- Have a steep slope / many steps between the house and the street where it would be difficult to move a wheelie bin up or down
- Have no access or very limited access to the rear of the property, such as in some types of terraced housing
- Have no ground floor access, such as flats above shops and some maisonettes.
- Poor access for collection vehicles
In these circumstances, other Councils make alternative arrangements such as retaining the collection system that was previously used.
HOW BIG WILL THEY BE
The standard service offered will be a 180 litre bin for rubbish collection, collected weekly; and a 240 litre bin for the recycling with a separate insert pod to collect the paper and card.
HELP FOR THE ELDERLY OR DISABLED
An assisted service is available for people who are elderly and infirm or those with a physical disability. The collectors cannot enter your property but can arrange to pick items up from immediately outside the property e.g. front door or side door if accessible.