Perry Barr’s upgraded Household Recycling Centre (HRC) has reopened to residents

Perry Barr’s upgraded Household Recycling Centre (HRC) has reopened to residents

The site, which is operated by Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company, 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. 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. The opening hours for the HRC will be in line with the winter opening hours of the four other recycling centres:

Monday-Friday 8am - 6pm

Saturday-Sunday 8am - 4:30pm

Members of the public are advised proof of ID will be required to gain entry to the HRC 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.

To celebrate the reopening of the recycling centre, Councillor Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Environment, welcomed the first visitors back to the site on 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. 

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.”

Cllr Majid Mahmood, cabinet member for environment at Birmingham City Council, 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.”