Catch Up Rubbish Collections

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I know that some places in Edgbaston have had collections of rubbish and recycling, today, but equally I know of other areas which haven’t.

If yours has not been collected yet, please leave out for collection as I still cannot say exactly which day they will come.

UPDATE: The missed recycling – (which is the priority because the next scheduled date is Christmas Day which won’t happen either) the Council aims to collect this before Monday Dec 18th. The household rubbish may not all be picked up, but there is another collection due on Monday 18th and it will all be taken then including reasonable amounts of extra “side waste” neatly bagged beside the bin. I am aware that Estria Rd was missed last week too because of gas pipe work, and I have asked that this therefore be treated as a priority for catch up collection this week.


Birmingham Council Gritting Policy


Please see the Council’s gritting policy above. Over half of Birmingham’s roads are gritted, that’s 750 miles – the distance from Birmingham to Berlin!

Birmingham Council Services Disrupted

All city run schools and related transport will not operate on Monday Dec 11th due to the weather.

There will also be no bin collections on Monday Dec 11th for the same reason. Monday is Edgbaston’s bin day – and our recycling was due to be collected tomorrow. With the next recycling collection due on Christmas Day (when there is no service) Edgbaston residents could face six weeks without a recycling collection just at the time of year when many of us have more to recycle than usual.

I am therefore making enquiries as to what special arrangements will be put in place for those whose recycling was due to be collected tomorrow and will put a message on this website when I have any information.


Even More Snowy Edgbaston!


Harborne Road unusually quiet this morning!

Snowy Edgbaston!

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Edgbaston Golf Club yesterday. More snow forecast tomorrow…

Matt’s Corporate Parenting Request

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Great to be invited to Calthorpe Business Alliance’s Christmas event this lunch time. Excellent food and drinks at the Edgbaston Golf Club – and there was even the perfect weather for a Christmas party – snow!

My fellow ward Councillor, Matt Bennett, took the opportunity to make a short speech in his Corporate Parenting role asking local business if they would consider giving looked after children a taster day into the world of work – and I’m delighted to say he got a large number of expressions of interest from the businesses represented. Great result!


Labour’s Recycling Failure

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When the Conservatives and Lib Dems took control of Birmingham in 2004, the city (after 20 years of Labour control) had very little recycling provision.

We introduced paper and green collections across the city, and a bottles and cans collection too (see picture above from 2008). By 2010-2011 Birmingham’s recycling rate had risen to 31.5% (just a couple of per centage points below the Met average).

Then in 2012, Labour took back control of the city. Since then, recycling has fallen, and by 2015-2016 was down to a miserable 22.87% (the worst performing metropolitan authority). And that was even before this year’s damaging strike which saw recycling thrown in with the general household waste….

Labour in Birmingham cannot be trusted on recycling.