Planning Application for Lifford Lane household recycling centre

Veolia, on behalf of Birmingham City Council, intend to redevelop the existing Lifford Lane Waste Recycling Centre (aka the tip). Their intention is to provide a new split-level Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) and multi-functional Waste Transfer Station.

The site has been used for waste management for several decades and the current buildings need to be removed and replaced. In addition, the proposals aim to improve the services offered to the community, increase recycling rates, reduce traffic, remove the need for the public to access bins by carrying waste up steps and ultimately reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill.

The proposed development will improve efficiency with bins that are clearly marked and parking is clearly delineated. These measures, along with a redesigned entrance, would allow residents to get into and out more quickly, reducing the number of cars that would need to queue.

The new Waste Transfer Station would replace the existing building with a purpose-built, segregated facility. The weighbridge for lorries is moved further on to the site which ensures they are separated from cars accessing the site. Unlike the current arrangement, several lorries would be able to off-load waste at any one time, improving overall turn-around times.

To look at the planning documents and comment on the plans for the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Lifford Lane, visit Birmingham City Council’s planning portal. Please note, there are a lot of documents.

You can use the reference to search for the application on BCC Planning Online. and the reference is 2023/00552/PA

Clearing up Lifford Lane rumours

There has been a number of rumours circulating that relate to the proposed redevelopment of the Lifford Lane waste depot. Councillor Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Environment at Birmingham City Council has provided an update to clarify some of this information.

“The site has evolved over many decades from its initial use as a waste disposal site, being developed in a piecemeal way into the Household Recycling Centre it is today. We must be very clear – this is not just about improving parking as has been suggested by some who have made public comment on the plans.

“It is outdated and was never designed to serve the needs and requirements of people and the Council in the 21st century. This project will provide people with facilities better suited to their needs of the future as we want to improve our services wherever and whenever we can.

“If the plans are approved, work would not begin until 2024 at the earliest and we will of course work on mitigation plans in the meantime to ensure communities that use the site are kept informed about the project and what alternatives are in place to ensure they can continue to dispose of waste in a responsible way.

“The planning process is live and anyone with an interest will be able to have their say in the usual way, with the application ultimately judged on its merits against all relevant policies and planning legislation.”

Mobile recycling van returns to Stirchley in July

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Birmingham City Council’s Mobile Household Recycling Centre is returning to Stirchley, in the Morrisons car park on Friday 15th July from 7am – noon.

For those who might need to visit the tip but haven’t made an appointment or don’t have appropriate transport, this is a chance to get rid of some extra items.

The van is due to be in the car park of the Stirchley Morrisons, towards the back (think Bond St rather than Umberslade). Refuse Management staff from Lifford Lane tip will be on hand to help ensure your items go in the right bins.

CAN BE RECYCLED: Recycle any household rubbish that cannot be reused; standard recycling materials that usually go in your recycling; garden waste; bigger items like toys or small household items. Batteries, lightbulbs, small electronics etc can be recycled.

NOT ACCEPTED: Building materials, white goods (like fridges), hazardous materials and larger items will not be accepted.