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Waste Management Strategy

We are changing and improving the way that we manage the waste being produced in the borough. We want to make Cheshire West and Chester the greenest borough in the country by working with our residents to encourage reducing the amount of waste we produce and to recycle more.

To respond to the challenges of Climate Change we all must do everything we can to make our waste collection services more environmentally sustainable.

We are now facing unprecedented pressure on our budgets, so we also have to identity where we can make savings so that we can continue to deliver the services people in our borough rely upon.

Key recommendations for the new strategy

In January 2021, we embarked on a major consultation exercise to plan for the new Waste Management Strategy. We wanted residents and other stakeholders to influence how we shape our services for the future and more than 14,500 people responded to the consultation.

We proposed various options for the future Waste Management Strategy. Based on the feedback from the consultation and the challenges we face, the key recommendations for the new strategy include:

  • a chargeable garden waste collection service which will cover the growing season between March and November
  • a new kerbside recycling service. Rollout is planned to start in early 2022. This will include;
    • household waste collected fortnightly using a 180-litre wheeled bin (as per the current arrangement)
    • two larger capacity recycling bins on wheels collected fortnightly to replace existing 55 litre boxes
    • food collections weekly using existing small food bin (as per the current arrangement)
    • an exception process will be in place for properties that cannot accommodate the new service
  • the proposed new service would be in place for a minimum of three years (during this time we will continue to look at ways it could continue to make improvements)
  • we will continue work with residents to further increase recycling and significantly reduce household waste

Full public consultation and waste strategy details can be viewed online:

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