Council gives update on review of household waste recycling centre provision


Cheshire East Council has given an update on work to review the services at its household waste recycling centres and the provision available across the borough.

The council runs seven household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) which provide a variety of services to residents and are all now in need of investment. These are located at Poynton, Bollington, Macclesfield, Knutsford, Middlewich, Crewe and Alsager.

Supported by a working group of council members, work is ongoing to review the provision of HWRCs and ensure that the service remains affordable in the longer term.

The council is set to report financial pressures of £12.8m against its 2023/24 budget. Savings have already been identified to reduce this from £26.6m.

A report giving an update on the HWRC review will be presented to the council's environment and communities committee on 28 September and includes a recommendation to consult on options for the future delivery of HWRC services.

Councillor Mick Warren, chair of Cheshire East Council's environment and communities committee, said: "Work to review the provision of HWRCs in Cheshire East is needed so that we can continue to deliver a service that enables residents to recycle and dispose of their waste responsibly and is also within the limits of what is possible financially over the coming years.

"All our HWRCs are in need of investment to ensure that they are well-equipped and up to modern standards, particularly to improve the general customer experience, the facilities for staff, and the security of the sites. This investment is in addition to significant annual running costs of the sites, which continue to rise.

"We are now proposing to consult on a number of options for how we deliver HWRC services in the future before developing a final recommendation.

"This recommendation will consider the feedback received through the consultation, the affordability of the options presented, and up to date site user data, including visitor numbers for each HWRC, and information about where people are travelling from to the different sites.

"A key aspect of the recommendation will be a focus on delivering a service that promotes waste prevention and reduction so that ultimately, less waste needs to be disposed of at our HWRCs and the impact on the environment is reduced."

Subject to committee's approval, the public consultation will be launched early in 2024.

As part of the planned consultation, the public will be asked for their views on three core options, including:

  • Reducing the number of HWRCs to six and closing the site at Poynton, which sees the smallest percentage of users. A mobile household waste collection service would be introduced instead.
  • Reducing the number of HWRCs to four and keeping the core sites of Crewe, Macclesfield, Alsager, and Knutsford open. Collectively, these sites receive more than 73 per cent of the total users. This possibility includes investing and extending the sites where needed and introducing a mobile household waste collection service.
  • Retain services as they are and invest in the sites.

The report to committee this month also seeks approval to begin a procurement exercise for a new contract for the running of the HWRCs from January 2025, based on the same options due to be consulted on.

A final recommendation for the delivery of HWRC services is expected to be presented back as a report to the environment and communities committee in summer next year.



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

Ron Atkinson
Thursday 21st September 2023 at 8:34 am
I believe the reason that the Pointon site is used less than the others is because of where it is sited. Finding an alternative site closer to the Wilmslow/Handforth/Pointon area would, I'm sure, see a dramatic increase in usage.
Pete Taylor
Thursday 21st September 2023 at 7:37 pm
Having read the linked CEC report, was using the month of August to count the number of users at each site really representative? Surely many people would be away on holiday then.
Secondly; congratulations on not suggesting a waste site at Lyme Green.
Graham Jackson
Monday 25th September 2023 at 2:36 pm
Just ditch Wilmslow Town Council, Handforth, Bollington etc. and use the saved money to have a localised tip.
Ian Kennedy
Wednesday 27th September 2023 at 6:34 pm
Having closed the Wilmslow site years ago, Wilmslow residents now have to use Knutsford or so I would like to keep both!
Derek Ferguson
Wednesday 27th September 2023 at 8:38 pm
In 2023 we need more recycling centres not fewer, even thinking about cutting recycling centres is nothing short of astonishing. From Handforth, both Poynton and Knutsford are quite far away, not helping with the emissions in the slightest. With the large amount of housebuilding in and around Handforth and Wilmslow I would have thought that somewhere around Handforth Dean/Dean Road area would suit more people and increase the usage.
Pete Wright
Monday 2nd October 2023 at 11:24 am
Now the council are introducing an unjustifiable charge of £56/yr to empty each green bin starting Jan 2024 there will be many people saying sod that, creating more and more trips to the few remaining recycling centres, increasing emissions & road traffic. Also as a by product increasing fly tipping too. Almost inevitably green waste at the recycle centres will increase to such levels that the council will think "let's charge for that too" as they already do for 'rubble'. Well done Cheshire East Council for another "great plan" to fleece council tax payers
Andrew Boxford
Monday 6th November 2023 at 7:52 am
That's it close the tips to save money!! Yeh right just wait for the increase in fly tipping and the expense to the council to eventually get round to clearing it up.
If the council got there act together they could make money to add to the council coffers like they did years ago ,until the council decided to restructure the recycling and it then started making losses.Haven't they learnt yet that if something isn't broken then leave well alone and don't mess things up