Rollout of borough's new recycling service

23 February 2022

Residents will this year be receiving two new wheeled bins for their recycling, replacing the old and less effective boxes.

It is part of a major upgrade to the borough’s kerbside recycling service, changing from two 55l boxes collected weekly to two 180l wheeled bins collected fortnightly.

The wheeled bins will be emptied into new, more efficient, waste and recycling collection vehicles, which will have bin lifts so that the collection crews will no longer need to sort materials at the kerbside into the side of the vehicles.

There will also be an upgrade to the materials recovery facility (MRF) at the Council's Canalside depot in Ellesmere Port.

Residents have already started receiving the bins in some parts of the borough. With a total of 320,000 bins to be delivered, distribution will take place in stages between now and November.

To find out when to expect delivery and further information on the new service, residents can visit the Council website and enter their postcode for a rough estimation: https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/waste-and-recycling/waste-and-recycling-collection.aspx

Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, said: 

“Using new wheeled recycling bins will greatly improve our waste and recycling service. 

“They are easier and quicker to empty than the boxes, which will mean the crews can work more effectively. They also reduce the risk of recycling blowing around in the wind. They are larger so residents can recycle more waste, which supports the key recommendations of the new Waste Management Strategy by offering people more opportunities to recycle and supporting our climate agenda.”

The old recycling boxes will not be collected. Residents are encouraged to keep these for their own use.

The garden waste service is also changing this year with the introduction of a £40 per bin per year charge to residents who wish to have their garden waste collected fortnightly. Residents can subscribe online to garden waste collection at: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/gardenwastecollection or contact 0300 123 7026. Garden waste collections resume for subscribers from 28 February.

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