Based on the findings of recent consultation and some of the challenges facing the current service, the key recommendations for the new Waste Management Strategy include:
Household waste collected fortnightly using the 180 litre wheeled bin (no change here)
Two larger capacity recycling bins (on wheels) collected fortnightly to replace existing 55-litre boxes
Food collections weekly using existing small food bin (no change here)
People will be supported with special arrangements if their housing circumstances makes it more difficult to accommodate larger bins
A chargeable garden waste collection service to be provided over 40 weeks of the year, covering the ‘growing season’ between March and November. The garden waste collections to continue 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 evidently in line with the current additional capacity charge.
The new service would be in place for a minimum of three years. During this time, the Council would continue to look at ways it could continue to work with residents to reduce the amount of waste that we all produce and increase levels of reuse and recycling.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet is set to decide on these changes during their meeting on Wednesday 9 June. Cabinet members will discuss the proposed Waste Management Strategy, which will shape how the Council delivers waste services over the next 10 years.
PRESS HERE for the full Media Release from Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council.
UPDATE on 9 June:
Plans to transform waste and recycling services in West Cheshire were given the green light by the Council's Cabinet. The proposed new Waste Management Strategy will now move forward to be debated by the Full Council at its meeting on Thursday 15 July. If it is adopted, the changes will be introduced in 2022. PRESS HERE for the new Media Release.
UPDATE on 20 July:
Council members will debate the proposed new Waste Strategy at a special meeting at Chester Racecourse on Tuesday July 27, at 6pm. The meeting follows a request from eight councillors to consider the issue on an in-person basis, rather than at the virtual council meeting held on July 15. Under the council’s constitution and legal framework, the Chair of Council has a responsibility to agree this request.
The meeting will be held at Chester Racecourse, and will include facilities to enable appropriate social distancing, webcasting, audio and hearing loops, at a cost of approximately £6,000. The venue was chosen in preference to a Council-owned leisure centre, to avoid disruption to family leisure activities. PRESS HERE for the new Media Release.
UPDATE on 29 July:
Council voted to approve the Administration’s Waste Strategy (detailed above), as follows: