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Birmingham opens £15m waste depot

Birmingham city council has opened a £15 million depot in Tyseley which will house some of the council’s refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) and staff.

Cllr Majid Mahmood, cabinet member for environment, with council officers at the ceremonial opening of the new depot

The site was built by Morgan Sindall Construction with key features include electric vehicle charging points to ensure the site is future-proofed for when such technology is used on a widespread basis.

In 2020, the council announced that it struck a deal with Dennis Eagle to replace 76 of its diesel RCVs procured in 2014 with newer diesel vehicles which will comply with the council’s Clean Air Zone. This charges all the most polluting vehicles each day they enter the centre of the city.

The council explained that the new depot has office accommodation and space for approximately 350 staff. The new facility is also home to a vehicle maintenance building. The two-storey offices and single-storey garage are steel framed, metal clad, buildings which cover an area of 3,600sq m.

‘Investment’

Cllr Majid Mahmood, cabinet member for environment at Birmingham city council, said: “I am blown away by this new facility. Our hardworking crews operating from this depot will make more than 200,000 bin collections every week – so it is essential that we provide them with the tools and conditions to do this as effectively as possible.

The council took delivery of its first ‘cleaner and greener’ RCVs in 2020, with the entire fleet replaced by 2024

“This new depot and garage are the latest investment into one of our key frontline services and a clear demonstration of our commitment to improve waste management on a continuous basis.”

Closure

The site will replace the former Montague Street depot which was sold in 2020.

The old site at Redfern Road has now been sold to a local business that has also had to relocate out of Montague Street as part of the wider regeneration of that area.

Richard Fielding, area director at Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “We are proud to deliver this facility for the council which will provide modern conditions for the crew on site to carry out their important work within the city.”

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