Bookings will be needed to visit recycling centres at weekends

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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 cheshireeast.gov.uk/hwrc 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.

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Andy Brown
Tuesday 9th July 2024 at 8:55 am
What an utterly ridiculous idea.

Given Knutsford is single file entry off the main road is there going to be someone from the council stood in the middle of the road checking with the driver their ID/registration number and time slot?
David Carey
Wednesday 10th July 2024 at 5:15 am
Stupid idea.
It will encourage fly tipping, and next step charging for visiting the tip for all?
How do people with no I.T access book a slot e.g. Some older people or people who cannot afford the technology?
Helen Williams
Thursday 11th July 2024 at 10:47 am
I agree it will encourage fly tipping. Waste disposal and recycling should be a basic service for all . That's what we pay council tax for. Not everyone needs social care, libraries, leisure centres etc but everyone needs waste collections. If the council are also moving to 3 weekly black bin collections its going to have a big impact
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 15th July 2024 at 9:24 pm
Didn't take long for Corcoran the unelected Labour leader of our Council to take advantage of the post election bounce and start implementing huge changes on Waste and Recycling. This has been one service in CEC which always worked. #Pathetic. I hope he has huge backup for all the flytipping which will be a result of his useless plans.

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