Bookings will be needed to visit recycling centres at weekends


Cheshire East Council is introducing a number of changes to household waste recycling centres from Monday 5 August.

From this date, residents wishing to visit Alsager, Crewe, Macclesfield or Knutsford HWRC during weekends or Bank Holidays will need to book a slot online in advance of their visit. There will be no limit to the number of times people can visit.

These centres will also be open for an extra hour during weekdays, meaning over the summer months so residents will be able to visit up until 6pm.

Whilst the temporary closure of Bollington, Poynton and Middlewich HWRCs will take place as of 5pm on Sunday 4 August.

For residents in the Bollington, Poynton and Middlewich areas, a mobile household waste recycling service will be available to them – they can also visit any of the other HWRCs in the borough. The mobile HWRC will alternate between the three towns and each one will receive one visit per month. This will take place on a Saturday morning.

The changes are being introduced on a temporary and trial basis to enable savings to be made in 2024/25 as the council is currently forecasting a funding gap of £100m over the next four years.

Councillor Mick Warren, chair of Cheshire East Council's environment and communities committee, said: "The emergency closure of some HWRCs in the borough was agreed as part of this year's budget and we have been working hard to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

"As part of this, we are timing the mitigation measures – the booking system, later opening hours, and the mobile HWRC – to go live at the same time as the emergency closures."

Cllr Warren added: "Over the next few weeks, we'll be providing residents with more information about the booking system for weekends and Bank Holidays, as well as how residents in the Bollington, Poynton and Middlewich areas can access the mobile HWRC.

"The latest information will be found online on the council's website at and I encourage residents to keep checking back as this webpage will continue to be updated as more details are confirmed.

"For now, and until the changes come into effect on 5 August, I'd like to remind residents that all HWRCs in Cheshire East can be accessed as normal."

The changes are being introduced separately to an ongoing review of HWRCs. A public consultation on proposals for the longer-term provision of HWRC services recently closed.



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

Brian Hall
Tuesday 9th July 2024 at 6:23 am
Stop paying the so called 'executives' so much and the ill conceived cycle lanes that are frequently unused by cyclists! It may seem politically correct but in actual fact thayare rarely used. Waste of money!!!
Pete Wright
Tuesday 9th July 2024 at 8:21 am
First introduce a £56 charge for green waste then limit times when people can dispose of their own.
This "booking a slot" won't stop a queue of cars forming probably back onto the main road, people won't leave and come back another time if they believe it's their only chance during that day.
Whilst they're dreaming up new ways to fleece council tax payers perhaps Cheshire East should start a website "" ... I guarantee it'd be popular
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 9th July 2024 at 8:23 am
A very sensible decision... let's hear it from the moaners now...
Alan Brough
Thursday 11th July 2024 at 5:52 am
How long before the booking will require a fee?

Our Council are closing waste recycling sites and reducing their hours of operation and then seem surprised that those remaining sites are getting congested at weekends.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 11th July 2024 at 2:03 pm
Give us the answer then Pete. I assume you think everything run by the Crewe incompetents is perfect!
Laurie Atterbury
Thursday 11th July 2024 at 2:35 pm
I've been using Gatley for years; my closest and most convenient. So I'll have to check them out to see whether booking needed?
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 15th July 2024 at 9:44 pm
Pete Taylor assumes everything better under Labour and Libs. Newsflash Pete they are ALL as bad as each other (including the ousted Tories). We are realists and can see this unlike you. It is the average Council Tax payer and resident who ALWAYS suffers. This new policy is a nonsense idea

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