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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.

Our existing Waste Management Strategy is nearly 20 years old and is no longer fit for purpose.

To respond to the challenges of Climate Change we all have to 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:

  • 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 work with residents to further increase recycling and significantly reduce residual waste and therefore the number of residual waste collections that will be required in the longer term.

Garden waste collection

A chargeable garden waste collection service will be provided over 40 weeks of the year, covering 'growing season' between March and November. The garden waste collections would be fortnightly, in line with the frequency of the proposed kerbside collection service.

There would be a charge of £40 per year per container for garden waste collections. This equates to £2 per collection and is in line with the current additional capacity charge.

What happens next?

On Wednesday 9 June, Cabinet members agreed to accept the recommendations of the report into the new Waste Management Strategy. The proposed new Waste Management Strategy will now move forward to be debated by the Full Council at its meeting on Thursday 15 July.

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