Cheshire West and Chester Council has begun the rollout of its upgraded kerbside recycling service, which will see residents receive two new wheeled 180l recycling bins.
They will replace households’ two 55l recycling boxes, which are collected weekly, with the new bins to be emptied on a fortnightly basis.
The wheeled bins will be emptied into new, more efficient, waste and recycling collection vehicles, which will have bin lifts so that the collection crews will no longer need to sort materials at the kerbside into the side of the vehicles.
There will also be an upgrade to the materials recovery facility (MRF) at the authority’s depot in Ellesmere Port.
Residents have already started receiving the bins in some parts of the borough, with a total of 320,000 bins to be delivered.
Distribution will take place in stages between now and November.
Commenting, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said:
“Using new wheeled recycling bins will greatly improve our waste and recycling service.
“They are easier and quicker to empty than the boxes, which will mean the crews can work more effectively. They also reduce the risk of recycling blowing around in the wind.
“They are larger so residents can recycle more waste, which supports the key recommendations of the new Waste Management Strategy by offering people more opportunities to recycle and supporting our climate agenda.”
The authority’s garden waste service is also changing this year, with the introduction of a £40 per bin per year charge to residents who wish to have their garden waste collected fortnightly.