This week marks World Environment Day (5 June), and residents will have more time to recycle their rubbish thanks to longer summer opening hours at the tip (Household Recycling Centre) in Oldbury.

The extended hours will be in place until the end of September.

The site, run by Sandwell Council’s waste partner Serco, will be open from 7am until 4pm everyday during the lighter months and open as normal on the August Bank Holiday.

Residents can recycle a range of materials at the Shidas Lane site. As well as items such as wood, textiles, clothing, garden waste and electronics, visitors can also recycle mattresses, carpets, TV monitors, uPVC and metal among other items.

Ben Percival, Assistant Director Borough Economy, Sandwell Council, said: "I would like to thank all our residents in Sandwell who continue to recycle their household waste by separating waste from materials that can be recycled.

“The tip recycles more than 54% of all material received and we want to drive the recycling rate even higher. So, as we approach World Environment Day on 5 June, one easy way to cut carbon emissions and help the environment is to recycle waste at home or by taking it to the tip in Shidas Lane, Oldbury.”

Tony Marston, Senior Contract Manager for Serco, said: “Feedback from residents about the site and service they get continues to be positive and I encourage all residents to bring their additional recycling to us and make the most of the extended opening hours.

“Where possible, we ask that waste is separated before visiting to help make sure as much is recycled as possible. If residents are unsure about what can and can’t be recycled, our staff are always on hand to advise them."

Residents can find out what can be accepted at the site.

To visit the site Sandwell residents will need to book a slot via the Sandwell Council tip webpage.

Appointments can be amended or cancelled up to 8am on the day of the booking and last minute bookings can be made on the day, provided there is a time slot left.

Household bin collections will also operate summer times and residents should put bins out for collection by 5.30am between June and September.

Published: Monday, 3rd June 2024