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Birmingham tips see queues from 3.30am as dumping rubbish becomes 'more popular than Primark'

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 16/06/2020 James Rodger
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Birmingham's tips are officially more popular than the city's Primark store - after Brummies queued from 3.30am to dump their rubbish outside the city's household recycling centres.

Brigid Jones, Deputy Leader, Birmingham City Council, confirmed the news on social media today (June 16) after non-essential stores re-opened yesterday.

Monday, June 15, saw the world's biggest Primark re-open in Birmingham, with one shopper waking up at 4.30am to be the first served by the branch.

But Ms Jones, Labour and Coop Councillor for Bournbrook and Selly Park, took to Twitter to share how city residents had queued from the early hours to dispose of their waste.

She wrote: "Ok, the results are in! People started queuing for the Primark reopening at 4am, but our tips had punters waiting before 330. Birmingham's household recycling centres are officially more popular than Primark."

Yesterday, hundreds lined the streets outside Primark as bosses at the chain bowed to pressure, re-opening the store some 35 minutes early at 7.25am.

Shoppers had descended on the city centre from all across the region as non-essential stores were given the green light to start operating again.

Apple, Three, Primark and Zara all had mammoth queues, as well as the likes of Selfridges in the Bullring, which opened a little later at 11am.

Tips in Sutton Coldfield, Tyseley, Kings Norton and Perry Barr were closed after lockdown was implemented back in March and re-opened with stringent social distancing measures on May 18.

Householders can reserve a slot and then simply drive in to the site, meaning no more congested roads.

To book a slot, click here.

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