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Sutton recycling hours revised

A Household Recycling Centre

Centres set to switch to winter opening hours from 1 November

Sutton Coldfield residents are being reminded that opening hours at the city’s recycling centres are about to change for the winter.

From November 1, until the end of March 2021, the city’s five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs), operated by Veolia, will be open as follows:

New opening times

LocationMonday to FridaySaturday and Sunday
Holford Drive, Perry Barr8am to 6pm8am to 4pm
James Road, Tyseley8an to 6pm8am to 4pm
Lifford Lane, Kings Norton8am to 6pm8am to 4pm
Norris Way, Sutton Coldfield8am to 6pm8am to 4pm
Tameside Drive, Castle Bromwich8am to 6pm8am to 4pm

All five Household Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Residents will still need to book a slot, but the overall number of available slots at the HRCs will not be decreased, despite the reduction in opening hours during the winter period. This means more slots will be available per hour to accommodate as many visits as possible whilst adhering to Government guidelines.

Visitors are reminded to stick to their time slot to ensure social distancing measures can be adhered to on-site to keep both the public and Veolia teams safe. Arriving late or early for a visit may result in being denied access to the site.

Mark Powell, General Manager for Veolia in Birmingham said: “All visits to Birmingham’s Household Recycling Centres must be booked online ahead of the visit . Access to the HRC sites will be denied if a booking hasn’t been made. Remember, separate your waste and recycling before visiting the recycling centres as it will make the visit more efficient when depositing the waste at the HRC. This will also help us all to recycle as much of Birmingham’s waste as possible together.

“If you are thinking of visiting an HRC with a van or large trailer (larger than 6’x4’), you must pre-book by calling the van booking office on 0203 567 3915 Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm.”

Tips on how to make your Household Recycling Centre visit as easy as possible:

  • Book slot at a Birmingham HRC online 
  • Sort your waste into different types before you set off – your visit will be quicker, and more will be recycled.
  • If you’re not sure where to put something, ask a member of staff who will be happy to advise you.
  • Please don’t use your mobile phone on site. This is to avoid distractions because there are moving vehicles on site.
  • Wear sensible footwear when visiting.
  • Children and animals must stay in your vehicle at all times, for their safety.

Please adhere to social distancing measures on-site to keep everyone safe.

Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks, said: “Our network of Household Recycling Centres offer a convenient way to dispose of waste in a responsible manner. I’m pleased that our partners at Veolia can offer the same number of booking slots as during the longer summer operating hours, whilst still ensuring that the sites comply with coronavirus rules to keep visitors and staff safe.”

For further information on how to use Birmingham’s Household Recycling Centres and to book a slot at a recycling centre, visit

Moth danger alert to Sutton gardeners

Devastation to box hedging has now reached the West Midlands

It first arrived in the UK in 2007 but, just 13 years later, the damage caused to box hedging is spreading across the country at an alarming rate. But help is at hand from a tiny creature living naturally in garden soil.

The caterpillar of Cydalima perspectalis, better known as the Box Tree Moth, is munching its way through miles of box tree hedging if many parts of the country.  Although the moth population is much higher in London and the South East, sightings are being recorded further and further north each year.

And this year gardeners in the West Midlands have been reporting damage to their hedging.

Damaged hedgerows and plants

BASF and natural pest control retailer have joined forces to highlight the danger the tiny caterpillar and resultant moth present to the UK’s ornamental hedging.  The partners have developed a tracking map to alert gardeners that the pest is on their doorstep – and to spread the word that there is an environmentally-friendly way to combat the box tree caterpillar, in the form of nematodes.

Although a native of Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, India and far-east Russia, the moth has settled happily in Britain and is expanding its range rapidly.   The moths lay their eggs on the underside of box (Buxus) leaves and when the caterpillars emerge, they will rapidly defoliate large areas of hedging and topiary features.

Eggs are laid between April and October and then the insect over-winters as a caterpillar. September and October are the best months to treat plants as they will be protected from hungry caterpillars through the winter.  

The microscopic, naturally occurring White Knight is the nematode that is present throughout Britain in garden soil.   BASF breed them in their trillions in their state-of-the-art facility at Littlehampton in East Sussex for their Nemasys range of pest control products.

Nemasys Fruit and Veg, which contains the White Knight nematode, is sprayed directly onto the leaves of the box with a hand pump sprayer when young caterpillars are present on the foliage, as nematodes must make direct contact with the pest in order to control it.  For the nematodes to work, they must be applied late in the evening (away from UV light, as it kills the nematodes) and under high humidity conditions, for example after a rainy day.  Weekly applications for at least 5 weeks from now until early October – longer if it remains warm and frost free – will safeguard the box through to spring.

Jon Manners, managing director of said: “Last year customers were contacting us about problems with the moth mainly in London and the South East.  This year, we are getting queries as far afield as Leeds and Newcastle.  It is very worrying and points to a rapid spread.”

Nemasys Fruit and Veg and other nematode based pest control products are available only online as they are living creatures and must be used whilst they are fresh. They can be purchased from

Have you spotted the Box Tree Moth in your garden?  If your box shrubs are showing signs of damage as described here, please contact us to report it.  Email