The story blamed Sutton Coldfield’s two year wait on a nation-wide wheelie bin shortage. However, I have since been advised that all of Birmingham’s bins were originally contracted for production and delivery, and the Council has not been impacted by a reported national shortage.
Birmingham city council’s wheelie bin program is the largest in the UK and the Council is operating as fast as it can, while ensuring a smooth and successful transition to the new service. Council’s a fraction of the size of Birmingham have taken far longer.
A spokesperson for Birmingham Newsroom said “Our approach to the roll-out has been to do this on a phased basis to minimise the risks associated with a "big bang" method. This is a recognised project management technique used across the public and private sector.”
“The roll-out order has been chosen on the basis of which areas produce the most ‘black bag’ waste, the lowest levels of recycling, the highest incidence of litter and therefore the highest level of current cost for the service.” said the spokesperson.
The new refuse and recycling service will help the Council realise its recycling target rate of 50% by 2020, rising to 60% by 2026. During 2012/2013, the city’s rate was 32.31%.
It will also make the streets and city a much cleaner place to live by reducing litter spillage from ripped bags and vermin problems.
Sutton Coldfield’s recycling and general waste bins are scheduled for delivery, to households, from Spring 2015 onwards.