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Commercial recycling

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Birmingham Commercial Waste Services, as part of Birmingham City Council, are committed to helping you to reduce the amount of waste that you produce.

Wholly owned and run by Birmingham City Council, the largest authority in the country, our aim is to provide you with a quality, reliable service at a fixed cost. So unlike other commercial waste providers, we do not exist to make a profit from our services. We will provide you with a guaranteed fixed price and service that is tailored to your individual needs.

As an organisation we are dedicated to waste minimisation, recycling and carbon reduction. To help customers achieve the same goals, we offer;

  • Cardboard recycling
  • Mixed paper and cardboard recycling
  • Mixed material recycling (glass, cans and plastic bottles)
  • Glass recycling
  • Waste and recycling services for events

We are proud of the fact that the majority of recycling collected by Birmingham Commercial Waste Services stays within the Midlands.

Plastic bottles & glass
Mixed material recycling:

The mixed materials are taken to a recycling facility near Wolverhampton where they are sorted mechanically and packed for reprocessing.

The mixed material recycling can take:

  • Glass bottles and jars (all colours)
  • Plastic bottles
  • Food and drinks cans

It is unable to recycle:

  • Margarine tubs
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Fruit punnets and meat trays
  • Microwave meal trays
  • Tetrapaks
  • Plastic film and bags

Stacked cardboard

Paper and card recycling:

The paper and card is taken to a paper mill in Nechells, creating local jobs for local people. Once sorted the paper is then made into new paper to be used for making cardboard boxes and other packaging. The whole process from start to finish only takes 40 minutes.

Any paper and cardboard can be recycled including:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Large cardboard boxes
  • Junk mail
  • Envelopes
  • Directories and catalogues
  • Yellow Pages/telephone directories
  • Office paper
  • Manufacturing off-cuts/scrap
  • Cereal boxes/microwave meal outers
  • Toilet roll/kitchen roll inners
Glass recycling:

Businesses within the hospitality industry such as pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants that generate large quantities of glass are able to have a colour separated service to enable us to recycle the glass many times over. Separate bins are provided for green, clear and brown glass.

The glass is then taken to a glass recycling facility in Barnsley where new glass bottles and jars are manufactured.


For more information about any of these services, just email us atcommercialwaste@birmingham.gov.uk or give us a call on 0121 303 2894.