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Brumcan canned during Big Recycle

A multi-material kerbside collection serving thousands of homes in Birmingham has been axed due to funding cuts.

Registered charity Brumcan provides weekly collections to 20,000 households across the city, 8,000 of which will no longer receive the service.

Unity Trust Bank has been a customer of Brumcan's commercial recycling service since it began in 2003 and marketing and communications manager Stephanie Lennon said: "To announce this decision during the Big Recycle week and coinciding with a Government call to increase household recycling levels comes as a bitter blow to thousands of residents across the city."

Most of Brumcan's money comes from Neighbourhood Renewal Funds, which are awarded by wards of the city.

Prior to the general election, some of the ward boundaries in Birmingham were changed and 2,000 households were moved out of a Brumcan collection ward into the ward of Nechells, which has refused to pick up the tab.

Birmingham MP Clare Short has written to local councillors asking them to provide the funding and residents have signed a petition, but as yet no breakthrough has been made.

Funding from the European Regional Development fund, which ended in March, covered 6,000 households in the ward of Sparkbrook, a shortfall it has also refused to pay.

Brumcan general manger Lorna Langdon said: "Other wards are prepared to fund this and its just two wards that have said that they don't value what we are doing.

"All we are talking is £21,000 from Nechells and £69,000 from Sparkbrook."

Residents will now only receive Birmingham City Council's fortnightly paper collection.

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