Improving recycling

Environmental services are an important service provided by councils. Cheshire West and Chester Council set up an arms-length management company, Cheshire West Recycling (CWR) to respond to the challenges presented by changing demand, budgetary pressures, and climate change. This change has resulted in a marked improvement in services and local waste management – including a new fleet of more efficient bin lorries, new wheelie bins and dual recycling, enabling recycling to be dealt with more effectively. A paid-for garden waste service has been introduced, with subscriptions in the first-year exceeding targets, as well as smart, solar powered big belly bins and making it easier to contact the waste management team.