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Recycle First food waste recycling campaign

We throw away over 20,000 tonnes of food waste every year in Cheshire West and Cheshire, so recycling food waste is a priority for us.

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To help increase food waste recycling we need to raise awareness and help make it even easier for our customers to recycle more food waste.  

We have been awarded a grant of £35,000 from the Waste and Resource Action Programme the national recycling charity.  They are funded by the government to help the UK meet its recycling targets.  By recycling more we help minimise waste disposal, reduce carbon emissions, create new businesses and support local jobs.

We have invested this grant in promoting our existing food recycling service. So far we have:

  • promoted food waste recycling door to door in areas where residents need the most encouragement
  • delivered a leaflet to every home in Cheshire West and Cheshire explaining why it’s important to recycle food waste
  • used the local media and social media to help with myth busting and increase awareness
  • delivered a series of roadshows across Cheshire West and Cheshire explained to residents face to face about the importance of recycling food waste.

  • Waste and Resource Action Programme
  • Food waste recycling leaflet (PDF, 2.61MB)

Vehicle signs and bin stickers - June and July 2017

When food gets disposed of in the black bins it increases greenhouse gas pollution which is bad for the environment, this is not great as bins are collected every two weeks in Cheshire West and Chester.

We have a great food waste recycling collection in the area where food waste is taken away every week via the brown food recycling bin. All the food waste we collect gets recycled to generate energy to power our homes and produce fertiliser to help our farmers grow crops.  

So it’s cleaner, greener and more efficient for everyone if we all recycle our food waste every week.  All you need to know about food waste recycling can be found below.

To encourage and remind our residents to use the brown bin we are putting a  ‘No Food Waste’ sticker on  all black bins in Cheshire West and Chester. Look out for the sticker on your bin between Monday 26 June 2017 and Friday 7 July 2017. If for any reason your bin has not been stickered feel free to call us on 0300 123 7026 and we will send a sticker out to you.

You will also see that our Recycle First vehicles have been fitted with new signs promoting the food waste recycling message. Look out for the vehicle on your recycling collection day.

Changes to Charities Permit Scheme

From 1 April 2017, changes came into effect to the way Charities Permits are issued. There will be changes to the application process and the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) facilties available.

All current charity permit holders will need to reapply for a permit with only one permit per premises being issued within a 12 month period. 

Changes to the Household Waste Recycling Centre service

Improvements were made to Household Waste Recycling Centres in April 2017. 

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The Councils ‘Let’s Talk’ consultation in 2016 highlighted a public appetite to make further savings from its waste management service.

After considering a number of options, the Council’s Cabinet agreed to reduce the opening days and hours of some sites as an alternative to closing sites. This will allow the Council to achieve significant savings whilst still maintaining the number of sites across the borough.

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