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New Chester Household Waste Recycling Centre

8th May 2018 @ 6:06am – by Tarvin Webteam
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New Chester Household Waste Recycling Centre- Information for Cheshire West residents

A new household waste recycling centre (HWRC) opened in Chester on 4th May 2018. The new site is situated adjacent to the existing household waste recycling centre, which will be transformed into a new trade recycling centre in July and include a new reuse shop.

The previous Chester HWRC was one of the smallest, yet busiest in the borough, which not only limited recycling performance but also impacted upon customer's experience. The new HWRC will be one of the largest in the borough, offering better recycling performance and improved traffic flow both inside and outside the site.

Chester's new HWRC is built upon the site of a former Chester City Council waste transfer station, historically used to store waste before going to landfill. Due to the site's unique construction it proved too expensive to redevelop, so had been left derelict since it closure in the early 90's.

The new HWRC has been carefully designed to maximise the attributes of the old transfer site. Teaming up with Probation Services, the site was cleared of vegetation and over the last six months, MPH Construction have renovated and enhanced this old site, ensuring it meets both current design and environmental permit standards. This approach has not only revived a derelict site, it has also allowed the new Chester HWRC to be developed for around a third the cost of a typical new facility. Together with a £120,000 contribution from HW Martin, the project will have cost the authority around £890,000, far less than the likely £3.5 to £4 million cost of developing a new site.

A new trade waste recycling centre will open in July on the site of Chester's old HWRC. This 'pay as you throw' facility allows small and medium sized traders to recycle their waste for a low cost price. Traders will be charged by the weight of the item/s they are leaving, with prices also based on material type.

Also opening in July is a Reuse shop. Items which people have been left at the site, such as bric-a-brac, small electricals and furniture, will be offered for sale at the shop after they have been safety tested.

CCTV, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), mystery shoppers and body camera technology have been introduced to improve the service and site safety.

Information will be distributed to households in the Chester area via a leaflet, which will be delivered through resident's letterboxes during week commencing 14 May 2018. Social media and notices on both internal and external CWaC websites will be shared during week commencing 30th April 2018.

The new site opening times will be:
summer months (1 April to 30 September) open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
winter (1 October to 31 March) the site will be open 8am to 4am, seven days a week.

For further information about the service please email: serviceliaisonteam@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

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