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Plastic free

On 13 December 2018 we pledged to become a single-use plastic free authority. Full details of the meeting can be found on our agenda and minutes page.

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have developed a toolkit which details the main criteria needed to achieve Plastic Free Community status. In order for us to achieve this we need to support the key objectives and in doing so ensure that local governance arrangements are put in place.

At the meeting we asked Cabinet to:

  • appoint a Council Member representative to the Plastic Free Chester Group
  • review all plastic free communities’ initiatives across the borough and set out how we can support these
  • that we lead by example and set out a clear plan for removing all single use plastic from our premises

Our plastic free plan is currently being developed and will be made public in the near future.

Recycling process

If you want to know what happens to your waste once your grey/red box has been emptied, you can watch a video about it on our YouTube channel.

Cheshire West Recycling manage the collection and recycling of the plastics from the kerbside recycling scheme. This Council owned company work with a number of UK Re-processors who sort the material by polymer type. All recycling processors are regulated by the Environment Agency, and approved by us.

Processors shred/flake, hot chemical wash and compound (re-melt) the plastic back into a recyclable pellet to be made back into either sheets or blown packaging. The processed plastic may then be exported to other countries where they are used for the production of new plastic products.

The target materials within our single use plastic collection is made up of:

  • HDPE (Milk/Detergent) bottles
  • PET (Water/fizzy drink) bottles
  • PP (Butter/sweet/container) tubs
  • PS (Yoghurt pots)