Perry Barr’s upgraded recycling centre has reopened to residents, Birmingham City Council has announced.

The Household Recycling Centre (HRC), which is operated by Veolia, closed in August 2021. Subsequently, a raft of redevelopment work and upgrades have been carried out to update the site which is one of five across the city.

“Although there have been some unexpected challenges during the build, both Veolia and Birmingham City Council are delighted to welcome back residents to the HRC,” a council statement read.

“The upgrade will enable residents to recycle more as well as donate items for reuse at the site.”

Since the redevelopment works began, the remaining city’s network of recycling centres has introduced the recycling of coffee pods, single-use vapes, water-based paints and ink cartridges.

These items can now all be recycled at the HRC located on Holford Drive. Residents will find the fully accessible site is now all on one level to make recycling much easier than via the previous layout.

To visit the HRC, residents must book slots using the online booking system and are required to take proof of ID to gain entry, as checks will be made at the meet and greet point. A council tax bill, insurance documents or a utility bill will be acceptable forms of ID to prove residency in Birmingham.

The winter opening hours for the HRC are Monday-Friday between 8am – 6pm, and Saturday-Sunday between 8am – 4:30pm.

To celebrate the reopening of the recycling centre, Councillor Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Environment, welcomed the first visitors back to the site yesterday (31 January).

To welcome back and thank residents for their patience, a limited number of reusable goody bags were handed out – containing items to help manage recycling more effectively and to reduce waste.

Cllr Mahmood said: “This is great news for the residents of Perry Barr and I’d like to thank them for their patience during the redevelopment.

“Increasing the rate of recycling is a key part of the city’s net zero plans and this fully accessible centre will make it much easier for residents to recycle their unwanted items. Well done to everyone who made this possible.”

Mark Powell, General Manager at Veolia said: “We would like to thank residents and users of the Perry Barr recycling centre for their patience during the build of the new HRC.

“We are delighted to welcome back residents to the new site where they can recycle more products than previously. I have no doubt residents will help to increase the city’s recycling rate by segregating the waste brought to the site for recycling where items can’t be donated for reuse.”

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