Birmingham City Council



Access to Household Recycling Centres

Please accept our apologies If you are experiencing traffic congestion at or around your local Household Recycling Centre (HRC).

The congestion over the last few weeks is a temporary situation that occurs every year when the seasons change and the first initial surge of inputs arrive as residents start to undertake household DIY and gardening activities etc.

We are currently working to improve access to Household Recycling Centres and kindly ask for your patience. In the meantime we advise you to visit your local Household Recycling Centres during the following days/times.

  • Tuesday to Thursday
  • Before 10am and after 3pm weekdays

More material can now be recycled at home

Did you know you can now recycle a wider range of materials in your green recycling box and, recycling wheelie bin? To find out more go to the household recycling page at

Assisted Collections

If you wish to make a request for an assisted collection and you are from the Harborne or Brandwood ward please make your request using the wheelie bin enquiry form on the wheelie bin enquiry page.

If you would you like an assisted collection service for your green recycling, please make a request on the green recycling assisted collection page.

All other residents should continue to use the Request Assistance with Refuse & Recycling form above.

Black Refuse Bags

As a result of the council’s need to save £102million in the 2013/14 financial year, rolls of bags will no longer be provided for this service from the end of March 2013. From that point, households will therefore need to purchase their own bags (available from most supermarkets and many other stores) to participate in the service.

Compost bins can be purchased from or by calling 0845 130 6090.

The Household Food and Drink Waste in the UK 2012 report has recently been published and updates WRAP’s 2007 ground-breaking report The Food We Waste which exposed the full scale of the UK's food waste problem for the first time. It details how much food is wasted in UK homes, which foods are wasted most and why, and how much that waste costs. For more information on ways to reduce waste or, to read the report in full go to:

Essential Information
  • Most households in Birmingham now have a Doorstep Collection Service.

    We collect:

    • Paper and card from your blue box, every fortnight;
    • Glass, bottles and jars, food and drinks cans and plastic bottles from your green box, every fortnight;
    • Green sacks containing garden waste on alternate weeks to the above.

    If you don’t currently have a doorstep collection of garden waste, we can collect up to two black bags of burnable garden waste (not soil or rubble) with your general domestic refuse.

    If you have just moved into a new home, you can request bin bags or recycling containers.

  • An assisted service is available for people who are elderly and infirm or those with a physical disability. We cannot enter your property but can arrange to pick items up from immediately outside the property e.g. front door or side door if accessible.

    We will discuss your requirements with you and if we are able to offer assistance, we will put the service in place within ten working days.

    To get help with your recycling collections, just press the Request Assistance with Recycling Collection button at the top of page.

  • For general domestic refuse we provide either large containers for multi-occupied buildings such as flats and apartments.

    For recycling we provide:

    • Blue recycling box - paper/cardboard
    • Green recycling box- glass/plastic bottles/jars food and drinks cans
    • Large containers for multi-occupied buildings such as flats and apartments

    You can report a problem with your recycling box or containers using the "Report Box/Container Problems button above".

  • We have a network of around 400 Local Recycling Centres and 5 Household Recycling Centres in Birmingham.

  • If you’ve noticed a problem at any of our recycling centres, such as rubbish overflowing or burnt-out or if you feel the recycling banks should be re-sited because you think it’s in an unsuitable place, please press the Report Problem at Recycling Site button above. Our response times are below.

    Problem Response within
    Rubbish and litter around the recycling centre One working day
    Full or overflowing recycling banks Two working days
    Vandalised or burnt-out recycling banks Two working days
    Enquire about re siting your local recycling banks We will contact you to discuss this. If we agree to re-site the banks, we will arrange to do it within 28 working days.
  • Do you have a lot of garden waste, such as grass and plant cuttings? Then why not save yourself some money and make your own compost?

    You can buy a compost bin to suit your garden size and your budget.

    View our composting page for more information.

  • Each year 55,000 tonnes of orange juice, soup and milk cartons are thrown away, which is equal to 2.3kg per person.

    Residents in Birmingham, instead of throwing the milk and juice cartons away can now recycle them. Working with ACE (Alliance for Carton Recycling) there are now facilities to collect Tetra Pak cartons at the Household Recycling Centres. We are not currently able to take them via doorstep green box.

    For more information about Tetra Pak and how they are recycled go to

    For more information on what you can recycle and where please go to our A-Z of Recycling.

Frequently Asked Questions
    • Call 0121 303 1112 and arrangements will be made to send you the relevant boxes and leaflets.

    • Some flats already have recycling collections. However, because all flats are different, it can be complicated to arrange this. We are currently introducing recycling collections to flats across the whole city and hope to have as many suitable blocks on board this year.

      If you have a management or residents’ committee and the majority of residents would like the service, we can consider arranging it for you.

      Just email us at and we'll arrange a visit to consider if we can introduce recycling collections.

    • The Household Recycling Centres have a dedicated box for household batteries. All shops that sell household batteries are required by law to provide a recycling point.

    • The paper and card goes to the Smurfit Kappa mill at Nechells and is made into cardboard boxes. The glass/cans/plastic bottles currently go to a plant in Four Ashes, Wolverhampton. There are very few Material Recycling Facilities (MRF) that sort by machine, but it means we can take mixed materials without sorting them at the kerbside, which is costly and time consuming. The garden waste goes to composting facilities near the city and is composted on a large scale to be used for agricultural and landscaping purposes. This is why we cannot take anything in the green sacks that isn't compostable.

      A 40 litre bag of Care Compost made by composting green garden waste collected in Birmingham and the West Midlands can be purchased from either Gravelly Lane Garden Centre, Erdington B23 6UJ (0121 448 0776) or Martineal Gardens, Priory Road, Edgbaston B5 7UG (0121 440 7430).

    • Yes, you can put it in another box or just bundle up the newspapers together to avoid them blowing around. Do not put plastic/cans/glass loose next to the recycling box, please put them in a bag or another box.

    • Because there are many different types of plastics and they don't all melt down at the same temperature.

    • Birmingham is one of the few authorities that landfills less than it recycles. Most local authorities landfill around 65%. We use an energy from waste plant at Tyseley and this converts the energy from burning waste into electricity.

    • All the Council refuse and recycling vehicles are similar in appearance (i.e. large compaction vehicles), so it is being used as a recycling truck.

    • You can use the Report Bag / Container Problems button on the Refuse Collection page and we will arrange for a replacement to be sent out to you.

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