Birmingham City Council are hoping that residents will take a look at CCTV images of the queue at Lifford Lane recycling centre before deciding to pay a visit.
The camera updates every second and is just one initiative that the Council hope will avoid a repeat of the long queues that were seen at the weekend at the facility.
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “The first decent weekend of weather this year inevitably saw an increase in visitor numbers to our Household Recycling Centres and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“As was the case in previous years, we are publicising on the council website peak times that we advise people to avoid, we now have webcams in place that enable people to view the queues when planning a visit and will be again introducing “green lanes” for visitors with just garden waste to help meet demand.”
You can access the camera at this link: bit.ly/liffordlane
One local user recorded the chaos around Lifford Lane from his dashboard camera on a busy day last summer:
video via https://www.facebook.com/CaughtOnDashcamOrCCTV/
The council also plan to tighten up on non-Birmingham residents using recycling facility: “longer-term, we also have plans in place to tighten residency checks so the HRCs are only used by Birmingham residents. This should help waiting times, stop commercial traders using our sites and ensure the best possible service for citizens.”
A dedicated ‘green lane’ to help people with just garden waste to dispose of their cuttings more quickly is anticipated to be active at Lifford Lane by the Easter weekend.
Peak times at Lifford Lane to avoid are Monday to Friday 8am-9.30am, weekends and public holidays.
Lifford Lane is open:
Mon to Fri: 8am to 8pm,
Saturday: 8am to 4.30pm
Sunday: 8am to 4.30pm