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Council block on return collection

SOLIHULL Council is set to save £100,000 by refusing to return to collect residents’ rubbish if it is not in the correct position on time.

SOLIHULL Council is set to save £100,000 by refusing to return to collect residents’ rubbish if it is not in the correct position on time.

As of last Monday, waste and recycling truck crews have been using new technology to make a record of properties that haven’t put their collections out by the specified time of 7am, have put the wrong materials in the containers or have not put the containers where their property meets the pavement.

Rather than using cameras, the technology allows the crews to use touch screens to send real-time messages electronically to the council’s customer contact centre about where they are on their rounds and any properties that have missed their collection.

And from Monday April 4, residents from those properties who contact the council to report that their collection has been missed will be asked to keep their waste and recycling for their next collection - or they have the option to take it to Bickenhill Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Cabinet member for environment, Councillor Tim Hodgson said: “At the moment, the majority of residents who put their containers out correctly are currently paying £100k a year for us to return to a minority of properties that aren’t.”

* Over £2m will be cut from the council’s environment budget this year, but Coun Hodgson has pledged that this won’t impact on waste or refuse collections.

“The bulk of the savings comes from the fact that we’ve dropped the waste incinerator project,” he said.

 

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