Birmingham’s bin strike could continue until Christmas, Unite the union are threatening.
The Council’s much-heralded three week clean up ended today – and surprise, surprise, not all the city has been cleared. The idea that in three weeks the city would be cleaned up and people would notice a difference, was always a nonsense – as it is quite obvious that by the time you get to the end of the third week, the wards which were cleared in Week 1 (such as the Leader of the Council’s ward of Quinton) would have rubbish piled high again – and this was exactly the situation I saw in Quinton this morning (pictured).
What the three week clean up has actually meant is that citizens have had just one rubbish collection in three weeks – and that’s if they are lucky. It’s quite obvious from emails circulating from Councillors of all parties that some residents have been waiting an awful lot longer than that. Birmingham’s Labour leadership have never introduced a food waste system, so the household rubbish in Birmingham contains all the food waste – and is a breeding ground for maggots and rats.