Recycling efforts in Birmingham have been hampered by the wrong kind of weather, the city council has been told.
Transportation and street services cabinet member Len Gregory said unusually wet and warm conditions this spring led to rapid growth in garden vegetation, placing a strain on collection services.
A “phenomenal” increase in the amount of green waste made it difficult for refuse crews to cope, Coun Gregory (Con Billesley) admitted. In one incident last month sacks of garden waste in Perry Barr were left uncollected for several days.
The Perry Barr council depot, which dealt with 340 tonnes a week at the beginning of May, had to pick up more than 800 tonnes a week by the end of the month.
Coun Gregory said: “Additional resources are being put into place as these situations arise in order to maintain the collections as near to the schedules as possible.”
He said the council was now exceeding Government targets for recycling. Coun Gregory added: “The green waste collection has gone up by 31 per cent since last year. We are picking up over 7,000 tonnes.
“The collection of multi-materials has gone up by 200 per cent and paper has gone up by 31 per cent.”
Recycling across Birmingham for 2007/08 amounted to 26.5 per cent of all household rubbish, which exceeded Government targets by 3.5 per cent.
The council would continue to roll out recycling bins to 40,000 properties every two months and was proud of providing a free service to householders, he added.