Birmingham waste figures for 2016/17 show that citizens only recycle less than a quarter of their waste at home.
The recycling performance* has been recorded by global group SUEZ who tracked recycling and recovery rates across the UK.
Research showed that the percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting in Birmingham was as low as 24.4 %.
This figure in comparison with other UK areas is considerably lower –
The central London borough of Lambeth had a recycling rate of 28.8%
The city of Bristol had a recycling rate of 43.4%.
The county of Cornwall had a recycling rate of 34.6%.
The city of Newcastle had a recycling rate of 42.3%.
To bolster local waste services, JunkHunters waste collection services has launched in Britain’s second city – hoping to help both residential and commercial customers with their waste disposal needs.
The Birmingham JunkHunters branch will cover the city and surrounding areas, stretching out to Solihull and offering a first-class waste removal service to both companies and domestic clients.
The business will be collecting a wide range of unwanted items from residential sites, building sites and commercial premises.
The Birmingham branch will continue to offer Junk Hunters’ commitment to recycling and reusing as much waste as possible.
The company currently recycles 75% of all items collected, with plans to reach an 80% target in the coming years.
Birmingham was chosen as the company’s first location outside London as MD Harsha Rathnayake and area manager Romesh Gilles believe England’s second city has plenty of demand for a quality junk clearance service.
It’s also thought last year’s council bin strikes may have left some businesses more willing to use a private provider to collect and recycle their unwanted items.
Junk Hunters CEO Harsha Rathnayake said: “Following a successful nine years in London, we’re delighted to launch in England’s second city of Birmingham.
“Junk is big business that continues to grow. Businesses and domestic customers always have waste they need to clear, and they want a reliable company who will clear their rubbish and dispose of it responsibly.
“Unwanted junk leads to fly tipping which damages the environment. There is a real need for a responsible operator in Birmingham who is committed to disposing of unwanted items properly.
“We aim to recycle and reuse as much of the junk we collect as possible. Some gets sorted and sent to the recycling plant, items from house clearances, office clearances that can be reused get taken to charity shops or facilities where the items can be resold.”
For information about JunkHunters services, read more here.