Separate collections case study: Cheshire West and Chester Council

After reviewing the separate sort vs. co-mingled debate, Annie Kane takes a look at a local authority that has chosen to undertake kerbside sort collection, and the reasons behind the decision to do so.

This article was taken from Issue 80

In 2012, three councils in the Cheshire region – Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council, Vale Royal Borough Council, and Chester City Council – merged into a new council: Chester West and Chester Council. Following the announcement of the structural change, the council had put out its waste collection and recycling services for tender, stating that the successful bidder should harmonise the three current systems into one and, in doing so, raise recycling rates. The winning tender for the 14-year contract (with the option to extend by a further seven) was from May Gurney (now owned by Kier), which reportedly “won out on quality and price”. The company was awarded the contract to run a kerbside sort programme in 2011.