Paper and card recycling in Sutton Trinity

Published: Monday, 7th August 2017

To ensure paper and cardboard can be recycled during the ongoing industrial dispute, the council has teamed up with Smurfit Kappa to offer a trial kerbside service to residents in Sutton Trinity ward.

The collections will start taking place tomorrow (Tuesday 8 August), using the ward as a starting point for a potentially expanded service during the strike. The collections will continue until the ward has been complete.

Residents wishing to take advantage of this service in Sutton Trinity should leave their paper/cardboard recycling pod out (not still sat inside the body of the bin as usual), and a team from Smurfit Kappa – which has worked in partnership with the council for over a quarter of a century – will do the rest.

In recognition of the potential build-up of excess paper and card during the dispute, any large card left at the side of the bins will also be taken as long as it is not contaminated (stained by food etc).

Residents are asked to leave the pods separate from the bin if it is dry – if there is adverse weather, the collection crew will collect the pod from inside the recycling bin.

As one of the wards visited early in the council’s three-week recovery plan (now into its third week), the local authority is mindful that waste and recycling will again be accumulating in the area – hence its selection for the pilot. Sutton Trinity is also one of the areas with the best rate of recycling in Birmingham.

If/when the service is expanded to other areas of the city, details will be announced through the usual council communication channels. Smurfit Kappa are carrying out this pilot at no cost to the council.

Background notes

Smurfit Kappa has been working with Birmingham City Council recycling household cardboard and paper across the city for over 25 years. Fibres from recycled paper and board are a major raw material for the Smurfit Kappa paper mills and packaging plants. Papers collected from Birmingham households are delivered into a Nechells paper mill where they are pulped and made into brown paper which is used to make new packaging material.

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