Garden waste collection put to bed for winter


The garden waste collection service in Cheshire East will be suspended again this winter to cut costs and rationalise resources.

Cheshire East Council's wholly-owned environmental services company Ansa will suspend collections of garden waste from Sunday, December 3rd, through to Sunday, February 11th, 2018.

Residents are asked to check the council's website for information for details on the 'last' and 'next' green waste collections in their area.

Any green waste during this period can be taken to one of the council's household recycling centres.

The interruption applies to green waste only. Collections of normal household waste, including recyclables, will continue.

Councillor Don Stockton, cabinet member for assets and regeneration, said: "I am grateful to our residents for their continued cooperation with this annual change to our waste collection service and wish to thank them in advance for their support.

"This is for a short period only during the winter months and it does make sense to suspend the green waste collection when, traditionally, there is so little garden waste for our operatives to collect.

"Our household recycling centres are open every day except Christmas Day and we would urge residents to dispose of any garden waste at one of these centres during this period."

Residents wishing to find out more detail about the suspension of green waste collections in Cheshire East should visit the online calendar.

Cheshire East Council, Garden Waste Collection


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Derek Ferguson
Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 8:59 pm
Suspension of the service on Dec 3rd means that we have already had our collection of the year. Many of our neighbouring trees are in still in leaf.

"I am grateful to our residents for their continued cooperation with this annual change to our waste collection service and wish to thank them in advance for their support".
It's not like we have any choice in the matter.
Richard Nolan
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 12:59 pm
If U have any Green waste ,just bag it up and take it
Too Your nearest collection Point on a Bus ,oh no there
Are no buses ,very sad isn't it C .EC U WIN AGAIN.
Julian Barlow
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 1:06 pm
I wonder if Don Stockton would be reciprocally supportive of the residents if they granted themselves an annual discount in their council tax contributions.
Sue Hinchliffe
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 2:23 pm
I'd like to ask Don Stockton why I am still waiting for a replacement green bin 6 WEEKS after my initial request. I've phoned 5 times up to now and was told that it takes 20 working days for a replacement to be delivered. Are they having a laugh or just completely incompetent or both? If I have to phone again I'll be sending them the bill. There is only 1 week left before my last collection day of the year. If I've not got my bin by then I'll be contemplating dumping the lot on the Town Hall steps or charging them for the taxi I'll need to get to take it to the local tip. Bungling, inept idiots the lot of them all tied up with their petty beaurocacy
Sue Hinchliffe
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 3:11 pm
Oh yes. I forgot to mention that if you request an extra green bin then the council will charge you an extra 50 quid a year for the privilege. What a joke. It probably takes another 15 seconds to empty an extra bin. This really is Rip Off Britain. Now there's a thought for a show topic for Angela Ripon and Co.
Barry Stafford
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 3:48 pm
Can we have the green bin teams on wilmslow streets. Not the town clear the leaves etc.As they are not collecting for 3 months Most councils do this with blowers and waggons following.Stockport,Trafford,Cheadle.All have teams on the streets Baz
Neda Metcalfe
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 4:21 pm
Good idea by Barry Stafford regarding the men normally on green bins to clean leaves from the pavements. I have been through Cheadle twice in the last week and the men were out with blowers and leaf collectors, my green bin has had its last collection on Monday and my garden and paths are again covered with leaves I will clean up bag them and put in black bin, I will most certainly not spend my time and money doing a job that I pay my council tax to be done.
Fiona Doorbar
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 4:36 pm
Good idea Barry...and perhaps we as tax payers can be informed what day they will be where n we can all rush out with and empty our black liners filled with leaves onto the roads and pavements so them to clean up he he!! In my opinion the green collection should be stopped in January until Spring not the end of Nov/1st week Dec as the leaves are still dropping and perennial plants still need clearing!!!
Sue Hinchliffe
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 10:48 pm
I suppose by now we all should know that the members of Cheshire East council don't take a blind bit of notice of us serfs. Im damn well sure that the guts of 4500 people didn't vote to have a bus service worse than some so called "3rd world" countries. But hey ho never mind -seeing as we all live in the "Golden Triangle " we've all got 3 cars and a nice hunky gardener to take away all our rubbish for us in the Bentley!!!
Robert Bracegirdle
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 11:44 pm
I seem to have more garden waste in the winter (other than mowings) than summer as I clear the garden of leaves and dead plants. Where I used to live in Leicestershire they collected all year but with an annual fee.
Sandra Cox
Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 6:37 am
Don't worry folks when the developers have done their developing and felled large numbers of trees leaf-clearing will be greatly reduced.

I have to say supplying a green wheelie has been the best thing CE have ever done for me saving all those trips to the tip but how about making leaf mould in a chicken wire cage or in black bags and leaving a major garden clear-up until early Spring to support wildlife through the Winter?.
Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 3:35 pm
Sandra...I would need a composter as big as my house with all the leaves I collect from my neighbours trees :-)
I support the break in the collection but it's timing is Robert states above, the bulk of detritus is Autumn and Winter and this is when bins should be collected...I would much prefer a break in the Summer when I can bag the odd bag of clippings up easily and either tip them or store them!
Whoever made this decision clearly is NOT a gardener!
Laurie Atterbury
Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 9:17 pm
Sue Hinchcliffe I had the same issue. Some of my neighbours don’t use the green bins so on average it’s one per household even if some of us put out two bins.I wasn’t prepared to pay the extra £50 so I told CEC I would compress the green stuff by hammering it or if needed standing on it to make more room inside. Not sure whether there’s a weight limit but we’ll see when the refuse men start getting even bigger biceps !!!!!
Pete Taylor
Friday 24th November 2017 at 5:14 pm
Cllr Don Stockton.... any comment?
Friday 24th November 2017 at 8:31 pm
Sue - I waited 6 weeks for a replacement green bin too. It took phonecall after phonecall and it was escalated every time. In the end I asked what else I could do, and was told that I could put in a "complaint" - when here was me thinking that I had put in a "complaint" - but apparently that is a different procedure. I explained that to wait 6 weeks was a management issue - it arrived within days.
Jane Middleton
Friday 24th November 2017 at 9:22 pm
I was told a survey of residents had agreed that the suspension for December to March was the best time. We assume al those surveyed live in high rise apartments with no leaves or garden refuse during this period
Pete Taylor
Friday 24th November 2017 at 11:36 pm
@ Jackie Pass- no need to worry; (Silent) Don Stockton is now your green-bin Cabinet representative; he has a great interest in all things green- after all, he was one of the four Conservative CEC Wilmslow Councillors who voted to remove GREEN BELT protection for all the land around Wilmslow and Handforth.
No doubt he will be along soon to give us his thoughts.................. or not.