Council announces new food waste recycling service

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A new food waste recycling service for Cheshire East residents will start in January 2020.

From 6th January, people will start to receive a small green food caddy which will enable them to separate food wastefrom the rest of everyday household waste.

Residents can start using their caddy as soon as they receive it. An initial supply of biodegradable liners will be provided with the caddy, however use of these is optional.

Once the caddy is full the food waste goes directly into the garden waste bin along with garden waste, with or without a liner.

Garden waste bins will be collected every two weeks. Residents should refer to the new collection calendars, that were sent to all households, for details of their collection schedule. Copies of these calendars can also be downloaded at:

Ralph Kemp, Cheshire East Council's head of environmental services, said: "The council is committed to providing increased opportunities for recycling and to treat waste more sustainably. Recycling food waste rather than disposing of it in your black bin is the right thing to do, as it enables us to recycle it into high-quality compost and return the organic matter to the soil.

"From January, collected mixed food and garden waste will be taken to a special processing plant in Crewe, where it will be recycled into compost, which is used in horticulture and agriculture.

"We are pleased to offer this new food waste recycling service but continue to encourage residents to explore ways of reducing food waste though our 'Love Food, Hate Waste Campaign'. We encourage those with space to continue to compost at home with suitable garden and vegetable peelings.

"We also want to thank residents for all they are doing to reduce waste and reuse or recycle where possible."

Rotting food waste produces methane, which contributes to climate change. It costs twice as much to dispose of food waste in a black bin – ­ as it does to recycle food waste.

Full details of the new service and what can and can't be put into the food caddy are shown in the resident's magazine – The Voice. This magazine will start to arrive with households from 18 November and within this is an eight page, pull-out and keep, food waste booklet.

The recent changes to bin collection days across Cheshire East were in preparation for this new food waste recycling service and to make improvements and efficiencies to the collection services.

Residents are urged not to place food waste in their garden bins until they receive the caddy in the new year.



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

Andy Brown
Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 7:36 am
The bin collection service in Alderley Edge is currently an abomination and has been for several months.

Getting the bins emptied on a regular basis shouldn't be this hard to organise.
Vince Fogharty
Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 10:59 am
Great idea. Especially if we dont need a different large bin as well. Have to say K have always been impressed with waste collection in Alderley. In 10yrs of living here we have only ever had a missed collection once.
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 20th November 2019 at 12:17 pm
Compost is of course a good idea.
Do bones easily compost? Or need we divide the food waste into compostable (into green bins) and uncompostable (into black bins)?
Elaine Taylor
Thursday 21st November 2019 at 9:30 pm
Would be useful to have a reminder what we can recycle in each bin. I know neighbouring councils have different policies as to what can be recycled, so it can get very confusing.
Craig Browne
Thursday 21st November 2019 at 10:57 pm
Hi Elaine,

Thank you for your question. There is a list of different refuse materials on the Cheshire East Council website, along with a guide as to which bin each material should be placed in. You can check this list using the following link:

There is a separate link which specifically addresses the types of food waste which may be placed in the green bin from the beginning of January. The Council has invested in a high pressure, high temperature treatment facility which will convert all of this waste into compost.

Kind regards,