A fleet of vehicles are set to visit each ward in Birmingham at least once over the coming year – including parts of the city which are not close to the council’s regular household recycling centres.
The three-vehicle mobile HRCs will include a regular rubbish vehicle, a van for taking away items which can be reused and a wagon with compartments allowing people to drop off waste for recycling by material type.
The facilities are intended to offer an alternative to rogue operators offering to pick up waste which is then dumped around the city – a frequent source of frustration for city residents, especially in hotspot areas.
The measure makes up £1.4million of a £7.2million investment in the council’s street scene services – which will also see new enforcement officers focusing on six areas of the city.
These are Sparkbrook and Balsall Heath East, Bordesley Green, Soho and Jewellery Quarter, Alum Rock, Small Heath and Aston.
The suite of new measures also includes ten new CCTV cameras to spot environmental crime and a “wall of shame” YouTube series consisting of videos shared with the public to help detect and “aid in the prosecution” of offenders.
Council leader Cllr Ian Ward (Lab, Shard End) said: “Cleaner, greener, streets are an understandable expectation of the people of Birmingham.
“We’re grateful for the work done by residents to keep their areas clean, and this is all about the council doing everything it can to play its part in delivering on one of the key priorities for people in this city.
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“That’s why we have assembled a bold programme of activity, supported by investment, to tackle some long-term and deep-rooted issues affecting our neighbourhoods.”
Cllr John O’Shea (Lab, Acocks Green), cabinet member for street scene and parks, said: “Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic we have seen weekly fly-tipping case numbers increase significantly.
“In a typical week just before the global health crisis, we were receiving 500-600 reports of dumped rubbish. Fast forward to the present day and we now regularly get more than 800 reports a week.
“But we know clean streets have been a key priority for people much longer than this. The mobile HRCs will enable us to do something different and provide options for households in areas of greatest need – and we will also be able to reach parts of the city that are not close to our regular HRCs.
“We are open to trialling new innovations as we are determined to deliver on the wishes of residents and businesses, and this will be just one of many things we will be introducing in the coming months to make our shared environment a better place for everyone.”
The new vehicles are being unveiled at an event with the leader and cabinet member at Cannon Hill Park this morning (June 15).