Have your say on household waste recycling


Cheshire East Council is inviting residents to have their say on a household waste recycling centre consultation.

The council currently runs eight household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) for use by residents. The contract for this operation ends in 2023 and therefore preparation for the procurement of a new contract is starting to take place.

Cheshire East Council's approach to waste management is determined by its recently reviewed Municipal Waste Management Strategy.

The key aims of this strategy are to continue to encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste they produce, reuse any items, recycle and compost all they can and as a last resort, to place waste that cannot be managed any other way in the black bin. The council are striving to run a service that delivers the best for the environment.

Part of waste management is the provision of HWRCs, and the strategy shows that it is the council's responsibility to ensure that the service remains fit for purpose and follows industry best practice.

The current contract comes to an end within three years and therefore the council will review the future service provision through Ansa, their wholly-owned environmental services company.

To have your say, complete the consultation online

The deadline for completion is 5pm on Monday 4 January 2020

Once the consultation closes, the council will analyse all responses, produce a summary report of them, and publish this online on their consultation web pages.



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

David Briggs
Tuesday 24th November 2020 at 9:04 am
I share my comments to the consultation in the hope it might stimulate others to contribute their thoughts/comments.

Why do the plans not include significantly improved provision for Wilmslow/Handforth? One of the largest conurbations in the Borough and yet residents are expected to complete round trips of over 18 miles and travel times in excess of 40 minutes - and have done so for too many years since the closure of Newgate. This is not good service. There is still plenty of ex MOD land on the far side of the A34 from TESCO/Marks and Spencer's - which would not impact residents - unless of course planning permission is given for even more housing on these sites.
Gemma Evans
Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 9:33 am
In response to David Briggs post the household waste centre in Knutsford is 5.8 miles from Wilmslow town centre. As it's on the boundary of Knutsford and Mobberley, on the B5085 the distance is around 1.2 miles shorter than the distance between Wilmslow town centre and Knutsford town centre. Even from Handforth it's around 7.5 miles in each direction. I accept it's not all that convenient for residents of Handforth and Wilmslow, especially considering there are people from the Longridge and Shaw Heath areas of Knutsford without access to cars who can be seen walking to the waste centre with things like old bed mattresses! However, the 18 miles quoted is factually inaccurate. Perhaps he incorrectly thought the household waste centre in Macclesfield was the closest to Wilmslow and Handforth?
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 1:12 pm
@David Briggs- it’s rather amusing that your post comes directly beneath an advert for a “well-known local house-builder”! I think that you will find all that ex-MoD land was banked by them some years ago too. Frankly. ;-)
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 6:47 pm
Just bring back one in Wilmslow. Where? Oh I can think of plenty
Lynne Prescott
Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 7:45 pm
Gemma Evans -but he's not wrong about the 40 min round-trip! and frankly neither of the Knutsford or Poynton tips are on the way to anything else, so its always a separate trip
Alan Brough
Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 8:34 pm
Ten thousand households in Wilmslow making one monthly round trip journey to the tip in Knutsford ( instead of Newgate) creates over 1 million additional car miles.

Add in Alderley and Handforth and that’s a lot of carbon, wasted time and money.
David Briggs
Thursday 26th November 2020 at 8:48 am
For me personally Bollington is more practical as a journey in terms of traffic and time taken from my end of Wilmslow - and is 18 miles around.

However, I really just wanted to start a discussion about an issue around which I feel Wilmslow and Handforth have been very poorly served for may years - and yet it does not seem to be under any kind of consideration.

As one of the largest (and getting larger) conurbations in the Borough I believe the current provision is inadequate. I wonder who might be prepared to listen and consider.
Pete Taylor
Thursday 26th November 2020 at 9:26 am
Presumably there will be no new recycling centre provision made for the 1700 proposed houses in the Handforth Growth village (or whatever it will be called)?
I don't imagine that Manchester will be too chuffed if they all nip over the border to Sharston.
Gemma Evans
Thursday 26th November 2020 at 9:45 am
Of course people can choose which Cheshire East facility they want to use, they aren't forced to use the nearest but no-one in Wilmslow or Handforth is forced to make a 18 mile round trip to visit a household waste facility.

I see some people have started to make conclusions about how much extra pollution that creates. I hope they have considered:
1. Some people from Wilmslow and Handforth would already make journeys to other towns in Cheshire East by car (e.g. some people in Wilmslow, work in Knutsford.) Therefore, they may be able to dispose of their rubbish at the same time and don't need to make an additional journey
2. Some households never make trips to the household waste centre, even some who live close to one. There are also collection options for items which don't go in your bins and there's the option of hiring a skip.
3. The pollution created by lorries taking the rubbish away from household waste centres - does having more waste centres mean more lorry mileage or not?

However, there is the issue of old electrical items needing to be taken to a household waste centre (or another facility) and they aren't supposed to be placed in the ordinary black bins. Therefore, what does someone do when they have an old kettle to get rid of and they don't live near a waste centre? Do they leave it lying around until they next plan to go somewhere suitable to dispose of it? Do they think they'll just put it in the black bin anyway? Do they make a special trip to dispose of one kettle?