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Birmingham council officials have defended the decision to suspend Christmas bin collections, which led to uncollected rubbish swamping some streets. Residents were left angry when the local authority ruled out alternative day bin collections at a time when most households accumulate extra rubbish.

Birmingham City Council waste management chief Matt Kelly stressed refuse collection crews work hard "363 days a year" - including New Year's Day - to ensure household rubbish is cleared.

The seasonal collection rota had been advertised well in advance, he pointed out.

Mr Kelly said that like most other local authorities, bins were not collected in Birmingham on Christmas Day or Boxing Day but this was well-publicised. But speaking on local radio, Mr Kelly admitted there had been some complaints about information on the council website.

"Some people may have had a problem because they went to the generic site instead of the separate link for the Christmas section.

"Unfortunately, somebody puts a bag out on Boxing Day and everyone follows," he said.

A council spokesperson added: "As is the case every year, there are some planned changes to the refuse collection service over Christmas and New Year.

"This year there were no collections scheduled on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, and this was widely publicised well in advance of the festive period."
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