Garden waste collections to go into hibernation


The collection of household green waste by Cheshire East Council will once again be suspended during the winter period because of a drop in demand over the festive season.

The garden waste service will be cease from the week beginning Sunday, 4th December, and restart during the week beginning Sunday 12th February 2017.

Garden waste is collected fortnightly, so residents are advised to check the Council's website for details of their last collection of 2016 and first collection of 2017.

During the shutdown, residents can take their garden waste to the household waste recycling centres at Congleton, Knutsford or Macclesfield which are open all year round, seven days a week, except for Christmas Day.

Councillor Don Stockton, cabinet member for regeneration, said; "It makes sense to suspend the garden waste service over the winter months as we know that demand is low at this time of year.

"Anyone who has garden waste to dispose of over the festive season can of course visit any of the household waste recycling centres across Cheshire East."

Details of the garden waste service winter shutdown are available via 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
Saturday 19th November 2016 at 11:55 pm
Sadly, once again the dates take little or no account of the actual seasons. Our last green bin collection will be this coming Monday, the 21st November and many of our local trees still have most of their leaves.
Dave Cash
Sunday 20th November 2016 at 3:25 am
To all CEC Cllrs, esp Don Stockton:-
It may be sensible to suspend Green waste collections for 2 months during the Winter but you made a similar mistake 2 years ago and had to temp. extend collections for further 2 weeks.
Again we have had a mild Autumn and the forecast snow, frost and high winds has yet to materialise across much of the CEC region. Indeed many trees have yet to shed most of their leaves, like the Cherry tree opposite and many trees bordering main roads, leaving gardeners with disposal problems. Taking leaves etc to one of the collection sites is not possible for many so they will remain un-gathered, fly-tipped or left to compost in green bins.

Suspend green waste collections for 2-3 months, ending late Feb and use the expected saving to send out roadside gully cleaners to clear leaves & debris in preceding late Nov.
Nick Jones
Sunday 20th November 2016 at 10:12 am
The changing colours of Autumn are fabulous,,,, Its about this time of year when not only the fallen leaves, but the 'bin' turns from Green to Black also...
Fred Rayers
Sunday 20th November 2016 at 4:56 pm
Trafford have a green collection every week (same sized bin as us, not a smaller one), and with no break for the winter.

Arrive the leaf blowers as people export the problem into the road (and down the rain drains).
James MacDonald
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at 9:31 pm
Same propaganda as previous years, lack of demand nonsense.

Spend some money cleaning the pavements, they are already dangerous due to slippery leaves. Oh that's right you can't clean them because they are also covered in cars using the pavement as a car park. Perhaps sweep the cars away at the same time...
Graham Shaw
Thursday 24th November 2016 at 9:32 am
Really people??? Get a grip - the Council has to save money like all other Councils and this is a very sensible way to do it. Don't forget you have the option to take the rubbish to the tip yourselves.

Don't think I'm not affected by this as I have a few trees surrounding my property and hedges to front rear and sides, so even in Summer I have to transport bags of waste to the tip as my green bin won't take it all. And no I'm not a Council member or involved politically in any way, I'm just being reasonable.

So please, unless you have any great suggestions about how the Council can save money then just 'suck it up and get on with it!'
Nick Jones
Thursday 24th November 2016 at 2:24 pm
Graham... In “sucking it up and getting on with it “and being reasonable here’s a few thoughts in answer to your last. CEC “puts its residents first”. Or should “in the firing line “ be added?? ... If they stopped grabbing column inches and merely got on with their job I’m sure there wouldn’t be so much public concern at their actions leading to a “Saving” (using CEC speak) amounting to a now “4% Increase “ in council tax.... The Green bin issue is minor but it is cumulative… If really intent on saving money (or using it properly for our benefit) savings could be made at the stoke of a pen. (Leaving large severance payments to one side), Forget CEC “re-organising into directorates (More Cost!) to become self-funding”, Just merge the 2 halves of this small county back together ASAP, immediately reducing duplication and bureaucracy. Return accounts for their existing financial faux-pas clearly explaining how much they have lost, Lyme Green (over £3M ??), Co-socious (over 8M ??) Corefit (over £150k ?) Etc and hold the individuals to account financially. Stop ‘Investing’ in a £10 million LED Street lighting scheme, to then keep the lights switched off .. and similarly with other failed ventures.. Company appointed to run the bus services went under.. (Cost ?? ) etc.. Held to account ??.. CEC need to cut the hypocrisy and use our taxes wisely not wastefully. Rachel Bailey may be a bit brassed off at “the negative portrayal of Cheshire East Council for no good cause” .. But she and her colleagues are best placed to demonstrate change to earn the respect she would like and stop hemorrhaging our cash.. These issues shouldn’t need to be signposted to CEC .. but they are repeatedly.. Common sense seems to also be in the Bin.. which now wont be collected for a few months !
Thursday 24th November 2016 at 2:48 pm

I regularly take green waste to the recycling centre in addition to using the green bin. It is easy to do so in the north of Wilmslow because you can simply go round the back to Poynton. However, if you look at the recycling review one of the options is to close Poynton and make us all go to Macclesfield - a journey of 20 miles each way. How many people will take their green waste that distance? Money has to be served, but not at the expense of services which we actually pay handsomely for. My suggestion to the Council would be to ask Henshaws how much they could do it for - the company that they were determined not to use despite the fact that they are only in Macclesfield.
Thursday 24th November 2016 at 7:01 pm
Apologies - should read, "a journey of 20 miles return"!
David Broadbent
Thursday 24th November 2016 at 7:24 pm
We need common sense on this issue. The Council is, rightfully, mindful of containing costs but wish to provide a much needed and efficient service.
The current timetable ceases green bin collections at end Nov and restarts beginning of Feb.
This makes no sense. Leaves are still falling in Dec and there is lots of debris still in our gardens. Result is that hundreds of people collect leaves and spend up to 1 hr on a
journey to the tip and clog up the already congested roads in December. Come February
most of the debris has been taken to the tip and there is a much reduced demand in February (and probably March).
Surely it would be sensible to continue green collections to the end of December and restart in March. Cost is zero as the timetable would simply be amended by one calendar month.
Personally, I think green bin collections could even restart mid or end March thus saving money.
Councillors - please open your eyes and see sense !

David Broadbent
Fiona Doorbar
Friday 25th November 2016 at 7:40 am
Totally agree David....I put the exact same comment on a few days ago!.....the decision makers must not be gardeners